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ɛnˈdɛm ɪken·dem·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. endemic, endemic diseasenoun

    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. endemicadjective

    a plant that is native to a certain limited area

    "it is an endemic found only this island"

  3. endemic, endemicaladjective

    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. endemicadjective

    native to or confined to a certain region

    "the islands have a number of interesting endemic species"

  5. autochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, endemic, indigenousadjective

    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. endemicnoun

    An individual or species that is endemic to a region.

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

  2. endemicadjective

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

    Kangaroos are endemic to Australia.

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

  3. endemicadjective

    (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.

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

  4. endemicadjective

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

    Malaria is endemic to the tropics.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Endemicadjective

    alt. of Endemical

  2. Endemicnoun

    an endemic disease

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Endemic

    -al, en-dem′ik, -al, Endemial, en-dē′mi-al, adj. peculiar to a people or a district, as a disease.—n. Endem′ic, a disease affecting a number of persons simultaneously, in such manner as to show a distinct connection with certain localities.—adv. Endem′ically.—ns. Endemi′city, state of being endemic; Endemiol′ogy, knowledge of endemic diseases. [Gr. endēmiosen, in, and dēmos, a people, a district.]

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. Endemic

    occurring normally where found: native, not introduced.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of endemic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of endemic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of endemic in a Sentence

  1. Dirk Engels:

    Endemic countries can play their part, some endemic countries are fast developing, and as they move up the ladder they also have more means to pay for tackling NTDs.

  2. Michael Dee:

    I do not believe that any individual can turn Deutsche around like this, john's gift is a superior analytical mind, however the problems endemic in the system are well beyond those of pure analysis and extend to the self perception and self analysis of the individuals in the middle of the organisation.

  3. Paul Hunter:

    Even though case numbers are rising quite rapidly at present, possibly as a consequence of celebrations around the Euros [ soccer tournament ], I still think it would be safer to lift restrictions now than in the autumn. The disease burden associated with a larger peak during the summer would likely be less than one during the winter, of course we have seen new issues appear during the course of this epidemic and so no one can be certain of the challenges over coming months, but we will eventually come into an equilibrium with this virus as we have with all the other endemic respiratory infections.

  4. Tom Hayes:

    I could've done a million things to reduce the trail, the practice was tried and tested, it was so endemic within the bank (UBS), I just thought ... this can't be a big issue because everybody knows about it ... (it was) such an open secret.

  5. Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein:

    The authorities must bring an end to the endemic impunity in Darfur.

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