(noun, adjective)


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

- diseases endemic to the tropics

- endemic malaria

- food shortages and starvation are endemic in certain parts of the world

Similar word(s): enzootic, endemical

2. native to or confined to a certain region

- the islands have a number of interesting endemic species

3. originating where it is found

- endemic folkways

Similar word(s): native, autochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, indigenous

Sentences with endemic as an adjective:

- Kangaroos are endemic to Australia.

- The endemic religion of Easter Island arrived with the Polynesian settlers.

- Malaria is endemic to the tropics.


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

Definition categories: state, disease

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

- it is an endemic found only this island

Definition categories: plant, flora