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:
In ecology, an organism being "endemic" means exclusively native to a place or biota. It is in contrast to being cosmopolitan and to any one of several terms meaning "not native" (e.g., adventive, exotic, alien, introduced, naturalized, non-native). See endemic (ecology).
In epidemiology, an infection is said to be "endemic" in a population when that infection is maintained in the population without the need for external inputs. See endemic (epidemiology).
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Categories: Disambiguation Ecology is sometimes used as an incorrect synonym for the natural environment. ... The term cosmopolitan refers to an individual who retains cultural roots in his or her country of origin, yet has adopted a wide taste for other cultures, and so lives both a local and global life. ... Aliens are foreigners to their surroundings. ... This article is about the ecological meaning of endemic. See also endemic (epidemiology). ... Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations, and the application of this study to control of health problems (Last 2001). ... In epidemiology, an infection is said to be endemic in a population when that infection is maintained in the population without the need for external inputs. ...
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