I'm studying microbiology and I see these words - epizootic and enzootic, often but there are no clear explanations for them online. Can someone help please?

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    $\begingroup$ Analogous to endemic and epidemic. $\endgroup$
    Jul 4, 2016 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ I can't believe I didn't see that before! Could you please put that as an answer so I can credit you? $\endgroup$
    – HelloWorld
    Jul 4, 2016 at 18:33

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Enzootic and epizootic are analogous to endemic and epidemic, respectively.

Enzootic means something that affects a population of non-human animals in a limited spatio-temporal region whereas epizootic is relatively more widespread.

Endemic and epidemic are more general terms and do not, technically, apply to only humans.


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