Endemic En*de"mic, Endemical En*de"mic*al, a. [Gr. ?, ?; ? + ? the people: cf. F. end['e]mique.] (Med.) 1. Peculiar to a district or particular locality, or class of persons; as, an endemic disease. [1913 Webster]

Note: An endemic disease is one which is constantly present to a greater or less degree in any place, as distinguished from an epidemic disease, which prevails widely at some one time, or periodically, and from a sporadic disease, of which a few instances occur now and then. [1913 Webster]

2. Belonging or native to a particular people or country; native as distinguished from introduced or naturalized; hence, regularly or ordinarily occurring in a given region; local; as, a plant endemic in Australia; -- often distinguished from {exotic}.

The traditions of folklore . . . form a kind of endemic symbolism. --F. W. H. Myers. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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