endemic vs epidemic :

endemic or epidemic

“Endemic” is in danger of losing its core meaning through confusion with “epidemic.” An endemic condition is one characteristic of a particular region, population, or environment: “sore thumbs are endemic among teen text-messagers.” A condition need not affect a majority or even a very large number of people in a population to be endemic. In biology, an endemic disease is one that is maintained locally without the need for outside influence: “Cholera is endemic in Kolkata.” It keeps recurring there, but still only a small minority of the population gets cholera.An epidemic condition is widespread, rampant: “ Overindulgence in fatty foods is epidemic throughout the world.” The dominance of the noun “epidemic” (“the threat of a flu epidemic”) may make people reluctant to use it as an adjective (“flu may become epidemic”) but both uses are legitimate. It’s best to stick with “epidemic” unless you have a specific need for the technical term “endemic.”

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  • n  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
  • n  a plant that is native to a certain limited area
    it is an endemic found only this island
  • a  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
  • a  native to or confined to a certain region
    the islands have a number of interesting endemic species
  • s  originating where it is found
    endemic folkways

  • n  a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time
  • a  (especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously
    an epidemic outbreak of influenza
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