Endemic, in a broad sense, can mean "belonging" or "native to", "characteristic of", or "prevalent in" a particular
geography, race, field, area, or environment; native to an area or scope.
It also has two specific meanings:
Endemism, an organism being "endemic" means exclusively native to a place or biota
Endemic (epidemiology), an infection is said to be "endemic" in a human population when that infection is maintained in the population without the need for external inputs.
Endemism in birds, relates to the definitions of endemism for birds only.
Epizoology, the study of infection and disease patterns in animal populations.
Zoonosis, any infectious disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans
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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 … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
endemic — endemic, epidemic An endemic disease is one that is regularly or only found among a particular people or in a particular region, whereas an epidemic disease is a temporary but widespread outbreak of a disease. Epidemic, but not endemic, also… … Modern English usage
endemic — ENDÉMIC, Ă, endemici, ce, adj. (Despre plante sau animale) Care trăieşte numai pe un anumit teritoriu; (despre unele boli) care are cauze locale, specifice unei anumite regiuni; care are caracter permanent în anumite locuri. – Din fr. endémique.… … Dicționar Român
endemic — [en dem′ik] adj. [Fr endémique < endémie, endemic disease < Gr endēmia, a dwelling in < endēmos, native < en , in + dēmos, the people: see DEMOCRACY] 1. native to a particular country, nation, or region: said of plants, animals, and,… … English World dictionary
Endemic — En*dem ic, n. (Med.) An endemic disease. [1913 Webster] Fear, which is an endemic latent in every human heart, sometimes rises into an epidemic. J. B. Heard. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
endemic — index domestic (indigenous), native (domestic), special, specific Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
endemic — 1660s (n.); 1759 (adj.), from Gk. endemos native, dwelling in (a place), of or belonging to a people (from en in; see EN (Cf. en ) (2) + demos people, district; see DEMOTIC (Cf. demotic)) + IC (Cf. ic). Endemical is attested from 1650s … Etymology dictionary
endemic — adj indigenous, *native, autochthonous, aboriginal Antonyms: exotic: pandemic Contrasted words: foreign, alien, extraneous, *extrinsic … New Dictionary of Synonyms
endemic — [adj] native local, regional; concept 536 … New thesaurus
endemic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a disease or condition) regularly found among particular people or in a certain area. 2) (of a plant or animal) native or restricted to a certain area. DERIVATIVES endemicity noun endemism noun. ORIGIN Greek end mios native … English terms dictionary