Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
Lizet Elaine
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Word of the Day 05/09/16 Endemic

Endemic (adjective, noun)
endemic [en-dem-ik]


adjective, Also, endemical
1. natural to or characteristic of a specific people or place; native; indigenous: endemic folkways; countries where high unemployment is endemic.
2. belonging exclusively or confined to a particular place: a fever endemic to the tropics.

noun
3. an endemic disease.

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Can be confused
epidemic, pandemic.

Origin: 1655-65; < New Latin endēmicus, equivalent to Greek éndēm (os) endemic ( en- en-2+ dêm (os) people + -os adj. suffix) + Latin -icus -ic

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