In botanical terms, an endemic plant species is one that is found nowhere else besides the area in question.


Over 7 700 plant species are found in fynbos. Of these 70% are endemic to the Western Cape.

En*de"mic (?), En*de"mic*al (?), a. [Gr. &?;, &?;; &?; + &?; the people: cf. F. endémique.] (Med.)

Peculiar to a district or particular locality, or class of persons; as, an endemic disease.

⇒ An endemic disease is one which is constantly present to a greater or less degree in any place, as distinguished from an epidemic disease, which prevails widely at some one time, or periodically, and from a sporadic disease, of which a few instances occur now and then.


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En*dem"ic, n. (Med.)

An endemic disease.

Fear, which is an endemic latent in every human heart, sometimes rises into an epidemic.
J. B. Heard.


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En*dem"ic, a.

Belonging or native to a particular people or country; native as distinguished from introduced or naturalized; hence, regularly or ordinarily occurring in a given region; local; as, a plant endemic in Australia; -- often distinguished from exotic.

The traditions of folklore . . . form a kind of endemic symbolism.
F. W. H. Myers.


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