Definition of infodemic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌinfōˈdemik/ /ˌɪnfoʊˈdɛmɪk/


  • An excessive amount of information about a problem that is typically unreliable, spreads rapidly, and makes a solution more difficult to achieve.

    ‘he told a press conference there was an infodemic of false information spreading throughout the world’
    • ‘Join top CEOs to explore which risks are most susceptible to infodemics and, together, develop new strategies in reputation risk management.’
    • ‘What is more, the information epidemic - or ‘infodemic’ - has made the public health crisis harder to control and contain.’
    • ‘Cherkasky, 56, doesn't believe that pandemic will be avian flu but is worried about what he calls an ‘infodemic’.’
    • ‘‘Like an epidemic, an infodemic results in widespread dissemination; but with an infodemic, the ‘organism’ misinformation - isolated facts mixed with speculation and rumor anxious relayed worldwide via the instant communication made possible by the internet, laptops, wireless, pages, faxes, and email.’’


Early 21st century blend of information and epidemic.