endemic

adjective
en·​dem·​ic | \ en-ˈde-mik How to pronounce endemic (audio) , in- \

Definition of endemic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

endemic

noun
en·​dem·​ic | \ en-ˈde-mik How to pronounce endemic (audio) , in- \

Definition of endemic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from endemic

Adjective

endemically \ en-​ˈde-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce endemically (audio) , in-​ \ adverb
endemicity \ ˌen-​ˌde-​ˈmi-​sə-​tē How to pronounce endemicity (audio) , -​də-​ˈmi-​ \ noun
endemism \ ˈen-​də-​ˌmi-​zəm How to pronounce endemism (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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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Adjective

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.

Examples of endemic in a Sentence

Adjective 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 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 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 the fish is not an endemic species of the lake, and it is rapidly devouring the native trout population
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The case coincided with growing public attention on — and anger at — endemic misogyny and the molka epidemic. Washington Post, "2019 in review: A roller coaster ride for women’s rights and gender equality around the world," 23 Dec. 2019 Vulnerabilities like these are endemic throughout our election system. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "How electric vehicles could be used to hack the 2020 election," 11 Dec. 2019 But why is this attitude so endemic in the black experience? Candace Mcduffie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Q&A with Darryl Pinckney: The paradox of black visibility," 12 Nov. 2019 Seemingly endemic skills gaps now touch nearly every facet of our labor market, as the specter of mass technological unemployment looms large. Michelle Weise, Quartz at Work, "Why are American companies so bad at re-skilling?," 1 Oct. 2019 Visitors can take guided walking tours through this precious ecosystem and spot chimpanzees and other endemic wildlife. Sunny Fitzgerald, Washington Post, "The world needs trees more than ever. Here’s how to plant some on your travels.," 5 Dec. 2019 To the contrary, unsubstantiated fears of vaccines are on the rise, harming the global eradication campaign and nearly bringing endemic measles back to the U.S. Quanta Magazine, "How to Permanently End Diseases," 3 Dec. 2019 The family lives in a tick-endemic area, their home surrounded by tall grasses. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "2 newborns sickened by tick bites could signal an increase in infections among babies," 27 Nov. 2019 The aim is to discover and develop medicines to help tackle the burden of the disease in endemic countries and support malaria eradication. Richard Gordon, Quartz Africa, "As resistance to anti-malarial drugs spreads, these scientists are racing to stem the tide," 19 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The species hails from Madagascar, along with a whole range of other oddball endemics. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Of The Easiest Houseplants To Grow From Cuttings," 14 Dec. 2017 Perhaps mow down the forest and focus wholly on traditional conservation of endemics plants. National Geographic, "Mysterious Island Experiment Could Help Us Colonize Other Planets," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of endemic

Adjective

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for endemic

Adjective

borrowed from French & New Latin; French endémique, borrowed from New Latin endēmicus, from Medieval Latin *endēmia "disease fixed in one locality" + New Latin -icus -ic entry 1; Medieval Latin *endēmia, probably from Greek éndēmos "at home, living in a place, native, confined to one area (of a disease, in galen)" (from en- en- entry 2 + -dēmos, adjective derivative of dêmos "district, country, people") on the model of epidēmia "disease affecting a large number of individuals" — more at demo-, epidemic entry 1

Note: Medieval Latin *endēmia is presumed on the basis of Middle French endemie, occurring in Thomas Le Forestier's Le regime contre epidimie et pestilence (Rouen, 1495) (see Revue de linguistique romane, vol. 36 [1972], p. 231).

Noun

derivative of endemic entry 1

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“Endemic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endemism?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=endemi04. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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endemic

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English Language Learners Definition of endemic

: growing or existing in a certain place or region
: common in a particular area or field

endemic

adjective
en·​dem·​ic | \ en-ˈdem-ik, in- How to pronounce endemic (audio) \

Medical Definition of endemic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from endemic

endemically \ -​ˈdem-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce endemically (audio) \ adverb

endemic

noun

Medical Definition of endemic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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