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endemic

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English

Etymology

From Ancient Greek ἐν (en), in) + δῆμος (dēmos), people). Possibly via ἔνδημος (endēmos) and/or French endémique.

Pronunciation

Adjective

endemic (not comparable)

Positive
endemic

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Native to a particular area or culture; originating where it occurs.
    Kangaroos are endemic to Australia.
  2. Peculiar to a particular area or region; not found in other places.
    The endemic religion of Easter Island arrived with the Polynesian settlers.
  3. Prevalent in a particular area or region.
    Malaria is endemic to the tropics.

Usage notes

An endemic disease is one which is constantly present in a given area, though usually at low levels, whereas an epidemic is widespread and has a high incidence. A sporadic disease occurs now and then at low levels.

Synonyms

  • (native to a particular area): native
  • (peculiar to a particular area): indigenous

Antonyms

Translations

Noun

Singular
endemic

Plural
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  1. An individual or species that is endemic to a region.
    California's flora includes many endemics.

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