adjective Also en·dem·i·cal.
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Origin of endemic
OTHER WORDS FROM endemicen·dem·i·cal·ly, adverben·de·mism [en-duh-miz-uh m] /ˈɛn dəˌmɪz əm/, en·de·mic·i·ty [en-duh-mis-i-tee] /ˌɛn dəˈmɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·en·dem·ic, adjectiveun·en·dem·ic, adjective
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What does endemic mean?
Endemic is an adjective that means natural to, native to, confined to, or widespread within a place or population of people.
Endemic is perhaps most commonly used to describe a disease that is prevalent in or restricted to a particular location, region, or population. For example, malaria is said to be endemic to tropical regions.
In this context, it can also be used as a noun: an endemic disease can simply be called an endemic.
It can also be applied to characteristics of a people, place, or situation, as in Corruption was endemic in that organization when I worked there.
Where does endemic come from?
The first records of endemic in English come from the mid-1600s. It comes from the Greek éndēm(os). The prefix en- means “in or within” and the Greek root dēm(os) means “people.” So the basic meaning of endemic is “within a certain people” (or “within a certain area”). The same root forms the basis of democracy (government by the people), as well as epidemic and pandemic—which will be discussed later in this section.
Endemic often means the same thing as native or indigenous, but you typically wouldn’t describe people as endemic to a region. Instead, that meaning is usually applied to species of plants or animals found only in a particular place.
This sense of endemic is sometimes extended to the conditions or characteristics of a certain place or situation to indicate that they are widespread or occur naturally there. This is most often applied to negative qualities, as in Unemployment is endemic here. This usage likens such a condition to an endemic disease, which is perhaps how the word is most commonly used.
A disease can be described as endemic when it’s confined to a particular place. For example, polio is endemic in a few countries where its spread has not been contained. Other diseases, though, are considered endemic if they have become established within the general population. Chickenpox is considered endemic in this way. When a disease is considered endemic, it does not necessarily mean it’s very common—it simply means it’s constantly present at some level.
What’s the difference between endemic, epidemic, and pandemic?
The word endemic should not be confused with epidemic (or pandemic)—but the words are based on the same root, and there are some connections between the terms. All three can be used as both nouns and adjectives.
An epidemic involves a sudden and unusual increase in new cases of a disease within a location or region. Epidemics happen when a disease is highly contagious—meaning it spreads easily. A pandemic is an epidemic that has gone global (the prefix pan- means “all”). Due to its worldwide reach, a pandemic can lead to a disease becoming endemic (as opposed to being largely contained or eradicated through the use of vaccines, for example).
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What are some other forms related to endemic?
- endemical (adjective)
- endemically (adverb)
- endemism (noun)
- nonendemic (adjective)
- unendemic (adjective)
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How is endemic used in real life?
Endemic is often used in a scientific context, especially in the discussion of disease and native plants and animals.
With 260,000 volunteers and workers on the job, Pakistani officials hope to reach 38.7 million kids in the push to eradicate polio in the country—one of 3, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, where the disease is endemic. https://t.co/OtWKHSjv8h
— Global Health NOW (@ghn_news) April 14, 2018
The crowned seahorse is endemic to Japan.
(Photos: David Hall) pic.twitter.com/KA64RbDC8y
— A Book of Rather Strange Animals (@StrangeAnimaIs) December 24, 2019
Imagine if news editors considered the endemic problems in our justice system to be as worthy of wall-to-wall coverage as an ill-advised tweet about a fox.
— The Secret Barrister (@BarristerSecret) December 27, 2019
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Is endemic used correctly in the following sentence?
“With proper use of a vaccine, we can eradicate this endemic.”
Example sentences from the Web for endemic
An outbreak in Madagascar, where the disease is endemic, already has involved more than 100 people and killed almost half.
The findings are unlikely to surprise anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant: sexual harassment is endemic in the industry.Waitressing Is One of the Worst Jobs for Sexual Harassment|Brandy Zadrozny|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, a condition of rampant, endemic political corruption is known as a “kleptocracy”—literally, “rule by thieves.”Ehud Olmert’s Sentencing Won’t Be a Day of Reckoning for Israel’s Leaders|Alon Ben-Meir|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Travel from an endemic area to an under-vaccinated population in the United States is a distinct possibility.Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers, Mumps Are Back. What’s Next?|Russell Saunders|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Riding any anti-Obama hobby horse is endemic to today's GOP.
It serves to emphasize, however, the paucity of cases among infants in this great land of endemic adult scurvy.
Most of the endemic genera are berry-bearers and thus offer the means of dispersal by fruit-eating birds.Island Life|Alfred Russel Wallace
It may be said to have been endemic in and south of the Sierra Morena.
As was to be expected, scurvy occurred most often in Russia, where it is endemic.
Endemic: occurring normally where found: native, not introduced.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for endemic
adjective Also: endemial (ɛnˈdɛmɪəl), endemical
Derived forms of endemicendemically, adverbendemism or endemicity, noun
Word Origin for endemic
Medical definitions for endemic
Other words from endemicen•dem′i•cal•ly adv.en•dem′ism n.
Scientific definitions for endemic
A disease that occurs regularly in a particular area, as malaria does in many tropical countries, is said to be endemic. The word endemic, built from the prefix en-, in or within, and the Greek word demos, people, means within the people (of a region). A disease that affects many more people than usual in a particular area or that spreads into regions in which it does not usually occur is said to be epidemic. This word, built from the prefix epi-, meaning upon, and demos, means upon the people. In order for a disease to become epidemic it must be highly contagious, that is, easily spread through a population. Influenza has been the cause of many epidemics throughout history. Epidemics of waterborne diseases such as cholera often occur after natural disasters such as earthquakes and severe storms that disrupt or destroy sanitation systems and supplies of fresh water.