- The definition of endemic refers to a disease or something that is native to or commonly found within an area.
An example of endemic is a description for an area where HIV/AIDs flourishes.
endemic definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French endémique ; from endémie, endemic disease ; from Classical Greek endēmia, a dwelling in ; from endēmos, native ; from en-, in plush dēmos, the people: see democracy
- an endemic plant or animal
- an endemic disease
endemic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Prevalent in or peculiar to a particular locality, region, or people: diseases endemic to the tropics. See Synonyms at native.
- Ecology Native to or confined to a certain region.
Origin: From Greek endēmos, native, endemic : en-, in; see en-2 + dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots.
- en·demˈi·cal·ly adverb
- en·demˈism noun
endemic - Medical Definition
- Prevalent in or restricted to a particular region, community, or group of people. Used of a disease.
- endemically adverb
- endemism noun
endemic - Science Definition
- Relating to a disease or pathogen that is found in or confined to a particular location, region, or people. Malaria, for example, is endemic to tropical regions. See also epidemic, pandemic.
- Native to a specific region or environment and not occurring naturally anywhere else. The giant sequoia is endemic to the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Compare alien, indigenous.