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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Endemic \En*dem"ic\, noun (Med.) An endemic disease.

Fear, which is an endemic latent in every human heart, sometimes rises into an epidemic. --J. B. Heard.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Endemic \En*de"mic\, Endemical \En*de"mic*al\, adjective [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.

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.

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.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

endemic

adjective

1: 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" [syn: {endemic}, {endemical}] [ant: {ecdemic}, {epidemic}]

2: native to or confined to a certain region; "the islands have a number of interesting endemic species" [ant: {cosmopolitan}, {widely distributed}]

3: 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" [syn: {autochthonal}, {autochthonic}, {autochthonous}, {endemic}, {indigenous}]

noun

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 [syn: {endemic}, {endemic disease}]

2: a plant that is native to a certain limited area; "it is an endemic found only this island"


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