Endemic: Present in a community at all times but in relatively low frequency. Something that is endemic is typically restricted or peculiar to a locality or region.
For example, malaria is endemic in some areas of Africa. And traffic in illicit drugs is endemic in some neighborhoods.
By contrast, there are the related terms "epidemic" and "pandemic":
The word "endemic" comes from the Greek "en-", "in" + "demos", "people or population" = "endemos" = "in the population." An endemic is in the people.
By contrast, "epi-" means "upon." An epidemic is visited upon the people. And "pan-" means "all." A pandemic affects all the people.
adjective Also, enÂ·demÂ·iÂ·cal. 1. natural to or characteristic of a specific people or place; native; indigenous: endemic folkways; countries where high ...
Definition of ENDEMIC. 1. a: belonging or native to a particular people or country b: characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment ...
enÂ·demÂ·ic (n-d m k) adj. 1. Prevalent in or peculiar to a particular locality, region, or people: diseases endemic to the tropics. See Synonyms at native.
Native to a particular area or culture; originating where it occurs. Kangaroos are endemic to Australia. Â· Peculiar to a particular area or region; not ...
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