V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. native, characteristic of, or belonging to a particular people, country, area, locality, or field; 2. restricted to a particular locale; 3. relating to disease that is constantly present, to greater or lesser extent, in a particular locality

Synonyms: native, indigenous, constantly present

Antonyms: epidemic, pandemic, cosmopolitan, foreign

Tips: Endemic is often used in medical and ecological situations to refer to diseases or flora/fauna found especially in certain areas.

Usage Examples:

The nature hike featured several endemic plants, which the guide was eager to point out. (indigenous, native)

Some of the most difficult diseases to treat are those endemic to islands or poor, rural areas, because fewer medical professionals are familiar with them. (native, restricted to)

Food shortages and hunger are endemic in certain parts of the world. (constantly present)

Certain countries are well-known for their endemic political corruption. (ever-present, characteristic)

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