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endemic

adjective en·dem·ic \ en-ˈde-mik , in- \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of endemic

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 : restricted or peculiar to a locality or region
  • endemic diseases
  • an endemic species

endemically

play \en-ˈde-mi-k(ə-)lē, in-\ adverb

endemicity

play \ˌen-ˌde-ˈmi-sə-tē, -də-ˈmi-\ noun

endemism

play \ˈen-də-ˌmi-zəm\ noun

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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-QuinnNew Republic6 May 2002
  2. 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 Weekly15 May 2000
  3. The rap performers I enjoy are those who emphasize production values, songcraft and that quality of playfulness endemic to all good pop. —Francis DavisAtlanticOctober 1993
  4. the fish is not an endemic species of the lake, and it is rapidly devouring the native trout population

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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 and Etymology 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

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 that which is not only native but which, as far as can be determined, has never been introduced or brought from elsewhere.
    • indigenous plants
endemic implies being peculiar to a region.
    • a disease endemic in Africa
aboriginal implies having no known others preceding in occupancy of a particular region.
    • the aboriginal peoples of Australia

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endemic

noun en·dem·ic \ en-ˈde-mik , in- \

Definition of endemic

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

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Origin and Etymology of endemic


ENDEMIC Defined for English Language Learners

endemic

adjective

Definition of endemic for English Language Learners

  • : growing or existing in a certain place or region

  • : common in a particular area or field


Medical Dictionary

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endemic

adjective en·dem·ic \ en-ˈdem-ik, in- \

medical Definition of endemic

: restricted or peculiar to a locality or region
  • endemic diseases
  • an endemic species
— compare epidemic 1, sporadic 1

endemically

play \-ˈdem-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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endemic

noun

medical Definition of endemic

1 : an endemic disease or an instance of its occurrence
2 : an endemic organism


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