Endemic meaning

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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.

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Native to or limited to a certain region.

Endemic birds.

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Prevalent in or limited to a particular locality, region, or people.

Diseases endemic to the tropics.

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An endemic plant or animal.
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Common in or inherent to an enterprise or situation.
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Native to a particular country, nation, or region.
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Constantly present in a particular region: said of a disease that is generally under control.
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An endemic plant or animal.
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An endemic disease.
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Prevalent in a particular locality, region, or population.

Endemic diseases of the tropics.

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Native only to a particular locality or region.

Endemic birds.

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An organism that is native only to a particular locality or region.
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A disease that is prevalent in a particular locality, region, or population.
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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.
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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.
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Native to a particular area or culture; originating where it occurs.

Kangaroos are endemic to Australia.

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(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.

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(Especially of diseases.) Prevalent in a particular area or region.

Malaria is endemic to the tropics.

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An individual or species that is endemic to a region.
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Origin of endemic

  • From Greek endēmos native, endemic en- in en–2 dēmos people dā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἐν (en, “in”) + δῆμος (dēmos, “people”). Possibly via ἔνδημος (endēmos, “among ones people, at home, native”) and/or French endémique.

    From Wiktionary