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ENDEMIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does endemic mean? 

ENDEMIC (noun)
  The noun ENDEMIC has 2 senses:

1. 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
2. a plant that is native to a certain limited area

  Familiarity information: ENDEMIC used as a noun is rare.


ENDEMIC (adjective)
  The adjective ENDEMIC has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to a disease (or anything resembling a disease) constantly present to greater or lesser extent in a particular locality
2. native to or confined to a certain region
3. originating where it is found

  Familiarity information: ENDEMIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ENDEMIC (noun)


Sense 1endemic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

endemic; endemic disease

Hypernyms ("endemic" is a kind of...):

disease (an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning)


Sense 2endemic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A plant that is native to a certain limited area

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Context example:

it is an endemic found only this island

Hypernyms ("endemic" is a kind of...):

flora; plant; plant life (a living organism lacking the power of locomotion)


ENDEMIC (adjective)


Sense 1endemic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to a disease (or anything resembling a disease) constantly present to greater or lesser extent in a particular locality

Synonyms:

endemic; endemical

Context examples:

diseases endemic to the tropics / endemic malaria / food shortages and starvation are endemic in certain parts of the world

Similar:

enzootic (of a disease that is constantly present in an animal community but only occurs in a small number of cases)

Antonym:

ecdemic (of or relating to a disease that originates outside the locality in which it occurs)

epidemic ((especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously)


Sense 2endemic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Native to or confined to a certain region

Context example:

the islands have a number of interesting endemic species

Domain category:

bionomics; ecology; environmental science (the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment)

Antonym:

cosmopolitan (growing or occurring in many parts of the world)


Sense 3endemic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Originating where it is found

Synonyms:

autochthonal; autochthonic; indigenous; autochthonous; endemic

Context examples:

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

Similar:

native (characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin)


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