Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

endemic

play
adjective en·dem·ic \en-ˈde-mik, in-\

Simple Definition of endemic

  • : growing or existing in a certain place or region

  • : common in a particular area or field

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of endemic

  1. 1 a :  belonging or native to a particular people or country b :  characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment <problems endemic to translation> <the self-indulgence endemic in the film industry>

  2. 2 :  restricted or peculiar to a locality or region <endemic diseases> <an endemic species>

endemically play \-ˈde-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
endemicity play \ˌen-ˌde-ˈmi-sə-tē, -də-ˈmi-\ noun
endemism play \ˈen-də-ˌmi-zəm\ noun

Examples of endemic in a sentence

  1. Divorce has become so endemic in our society that a whole lore has risen up around it: that divorce is a temporary crisis; that so many children have experienced their parents' divorce that children nowadays do not worry much about it; that in fact it makes things easier, and it is itself a mere rite of passage; that if the parents feel better, so will the children. —Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, New Republic, 6 May 2002

  2. The rap performers I enjoy are those who emphasize production values, songcraft and that quality of playfulness endemic to all good pop. —Francis Davis, Atlantic, October 1993

  3. Situated only 250 miles off the coast of Africa, Madagascar is biologically unique. Not only does it have a rich animal and plant life, it also houses a huge number of endemic species found nowhere else on earth. —Jim Milliot et al., Publishers Weekly, 15 May 2000

  4. <the fish is not an endemic species of the lake, and it is rapidly devouring the native trout population>



Did You Know?

If you translate it literally, endemic means "in the population." It derives from the Greek endēmos, which joins en, meaning "in," and dēmos, meaning "population." "Endemic" is often used to characterize diseases that are generally found in a particular area; malaria, for example, is said to be endemic to tropical and subtropical regions. This use differs from that of the related word epidemic in that it indicates a more or less constant presence in a particular population or area rather than a sudden, severe outbreak within that region or group. The word is also used by biologists to characterize the plant and animal species that are only found in a given area.

Origin of endemic

French endémique, from endémie endemic disease, from Greek endēmia action of dwelling, from endēmos endemic, from en in + dēmos people, populace — more at demagogue


First Known Use: 1759

Synonym Discussion of endemic

native, indigenous, endemic, aboriginal mean belonging to a locality. native implies birth or origin in a place or region and may suggest compatibility with it <native tribal customs>. indigenous applies to species or races and adds to native the implication of not having been introduced from elsewhere <maize is indigenous to America>. endemic implies being peculiar to a region <edelweiss is endemic in the Alps>. aboriginal implies having no known race preceding in occupancy of the region <the aboriginal peoples of Australia>.

Other Anthropology Terms

Rhymes with endemic


2

endemic

play
noun en·dem·ic \en-ˈde-mik, in-\

Definition of endemic

  1. :  an organism that is restricted or peculiar to a locality or region :  an endemic organism



Origin of endemic

(see 1endemic)


First Known Use: 1926



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up endemic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a division or portion of a pool or whole

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1926873504

Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?

superficial flashy tetchy gregarious
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ