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[n] 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
[adj] 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"
[adj] (ecology) native to or confined to a certain region; "the islands have a number of interesting endemic species"
[adj] (of 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"


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\En*de"mic\, Endemical \En*de"mic*al\, a. [Gr. ?, ?; ? + ? the people: cf. F. end['e]mique.] (Med.) 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.
\En*dem"ic\, n. (Med.) An endemic disease. Fear, which is an endemic latent in every human heart, sometimes rises into an epidemic. --J. B. Heard.
\En*dem"ic\, a. 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 . . . from a kind of endemic symbolism. --F. W. H. Myers.

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