An example of endemic is a description for an area where HIV/AIDs flourishes.
- native to a particular country, nation, or region: said of plants, animals, and, sometimes, customs, etc.
- constantly present in a particular region: said of a disease that is generally under control
Origin of endemicFrench endémique from endémie, endemic disease from Classical Greek end?mia, a dwelling in from end?mos, native from en-, in + d?mos, the people: see democracy
- an endemic plant or animal
- an endemic disease
- Prevalent in a particular locality, region, or population: endemic diseases of the tropics.
- Native only to a particular locality or region: endemic birds.
- Common in or inherent to an enterprise or situation: “All the difficulties endemic to historical research become more acute in the case of war” ( Constantine Pleshakov )
- An organism that is native only to a particular locality or region.
- A disease that is prevalent in a particular locality, region, or population.
Origin of endemicFrom Greek endēmos native, endemic en- in ; see en- 2. dēmos people ; see dā- in Indo-European roots.
- Native to a particular area or culture; originating where it occurs.
- Kangaroos are endemic to Australia.
- (Especially of plants and animals.) Peculiar to a particular area or region; not found in other places.
- The endemic religion of Easter Island arrived with the Polynesian settlers.
- (Especially of diseases.) Prevalent in a particular area or region.
- Malaria is endemic to the tropics.
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.
- An individual or species that is endemic to a region.
From Ancient Greek ἐν (en, “in”) + δῆμος (dēmos, “people”). Possibly via ἔνδημος (endēmos, “among ones people, at home, native”) and/or French endémique.