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Princeton's WordNet

  1. endemic, endemic disease(noun)

    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

  2. endemic(adj)

    a plant that is native to a certain limited area

    "it is an endemic found only this island"

  3. endemic, endemical(adj)

    of or relating to a disease (or anything resembling a disease) constantly present to greater or lesser extent in a particular locality

    "diseases endemic to the tropics"; "endemic malaria"; "food shortages and starvation are endemic in certain parts of the world"

  4. endemic(adj)

    native to or confined to a certain region

    "the islands have a number of interesting endemic species"

  5. autochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, endemic, indigenous(adj)

    originating where it is found

    "the autochthonal fauna of Australia includes the kangaroo"; "autochthonous rocks and people and folktales"; "endemic folkways"; "the Ainu are indigenous to the northernmost islands of Japan"


  1. endemic(Noun)

    An individual or species that is endemic to a region.

  2. endemic(Adjective)

    Native to a particular area or culture; originating where it occurs.

    Kangaroos are endemic to Australia.

  3. endemic(Adjective)

    (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.

  4. endemic(Adjective)

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

    Malaria is endemic to the tropics.

  5. Origin: From ἐν + δῆμος. Possibly via ἔνδημος and/or French endémique.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Endemic(adj)

    alt. of Endemical

  2. Endemic(noun)

    an endemic disease

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Endemic

    a term applied to diseases which affect the inhabitants of certain countries and localities, and which arise from strictly local causes, e.g. neighbouring swamps, bad sanitation, impure water, climate, &c.


  1. Endemism

    Endemism is the ecological state of a species being unique to a defined geographic location, such as an island, nation, country or other defined zone, or habitat type; organisms that are indigenous to a place are not endemic to it if they are also found elsewhere. The extreme opposite of endemism is cosmopolitan distribution. Another term for a species that is endemic is precinctive, which applies to species that are restricted to a defined geographical area. A native species, such as a native plant, is one that is considered to have been endemic for a relatively long period of time. The word endemic is from New Latin endēmicus, from Greek ενδήμος, endēmos, "native." Endēmos is formed of en, "in," and dēmos, "the people." An alternative term, precinctive, has been suggested by some scientists, and was first used by MacCaughey in 1917. It is the equivalent of ‘endemism’. Precinction was perhaps first used by Frank and McCoy. Precinctive seems to have been coined by David Sharp of the Hawaiian fauna: "I use the word precinctive in the sense of 'confined to the area under discussion' … 'precinctive forms' means those forms that are confined to the area specified."

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