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Adjective: endemic  en'de-mik
  1. Of or relating to a disease (or anything resembling a disease) constantly present to greater or lesser extent in a particular locality
    "endemic malaria"; "food shortages and starvation are endemic in certain parts of the world"; "diseases endemic to the tropics";
    - endemical
  2. (ecology) native to or confined to a certain region
    "the islands have a number of interesting endemic species"
  3. Originating where it is found
    "endemic folkways";
    - autochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, indigenous, desi [Asia]
Noun: endemic  en'de-mik
  1. A disease that is constantly present to a greater or lesser degree in people of a certain class or in people living in a particular location
    - endemic disease
  2. A plant that is native to a certain limited area
    "it is an endemic found only this island"

Derived forms: endemics

See also: enzootic, native

Type of: disease, flora, plant, plant life

Antonym: cosmopolitan, ecdemic, epidemic

Encyclopedia: Endemic