adjective en·dem·ic \en-ˈde-mik, in-\

: growing or existing in a certain place or region

: common in a particular area or field

Full Definition of ENDEMIC

a :  belonging or native to a particular people or country
b :  characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment <problems endemic to translation> <the self-indulgence endemic in the film industry>
:  restricted or peculiar to a locality or region <endemic diseases> <an endemic species>
en·dem·i·cal·ly \-ˈde-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
en·de·mic·i·ty \ˌen-ˌde-ˈmi-sə-tē, -də-ˈmi-\ noun
en·de·mism \ˈen-də-ˌmi-zəm\ noun

Examples of ENDEMIC

  1. Divorce has become so endemic in our society that a whole lore has risen up around it: that divorce is a temporary crisis; that so many children have experienced their parents' divorce that children nowadays do not worry much about it; that in fact it makes things easier, and it is itself a mere rite of passage; that if the parents feel better, so will the children. —Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, New Republic, 6 May 2002

Origin of ENDEMIC

French endémique, from endémie endemic disease, from Greek endēmia action of dwelling, from endēmos endemic, from en in + dēmos people, populace — more at demagogue
First Known Use: 1759

Synonym Discussion of ENDEMIC

native, indigenous, endemic, aboriginal mean belonging to a locality. native implies birth or origin in a place or region and may suggest compatibility with it <native tribal customs>. indigenous applies to species or races and adds to native the implication of not having been introduced from elsewhere <maize is indigenous to America>. endemic implies being peculiar to a region <edelweiss is endemic in the Alps>. aboriginal implies having no known race preceding in occupancy of the region <the aboriginal peoples of Australia>.

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt

Rhymes with ENDEMIC


noun en·dem·ic \en-ˈde-mik, in-\

Definition of ENDEMIC

:  an organism that is restricted or peculiar to a locality or region :  an endemic organism

Origin of ENDEMIC

(see 1endemic)
First Known Use: 1926

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

Rhymes with ENDEMIC


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