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Endemic

[en-dem-ik]
Endemic, in a broad sense, can mean "belonging" or "native to", "characteristic of", or "prevalent in" a particular geography, race, field, area, or environment; native to an area or scope.

It also has two specific meanings:

  • Endemism, an organism being "endemic" means exclusively native to a place or biota
  • Endemic (epidemiology), an infection is said to be "endemic" in a human population when that infection is maintained in the population without the need for external inputs.

See also

  • Endemism in birds, relates to the definitions of endemism for birds only.
  • Epizoology, the study of infection and disease patterns in animal populations.
  • Zoonosis, any infectious disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans
  • Epidemic

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