En*de"mi*al(?), a. Endemic. [R.]
En*de"mic*al(?), } a. [Gr. , ; + the people: cf. F. endmique.] (Med.) 1. Peculiar to a district or particular locality, or class of persons; as, an endemic disease.
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.]
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