What is the Missing Word???

In 1792, Yellow Fever was _______ in Philadelphia because the city had the perfect conditions for mosquitoes to thrive and pass the disease along.

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  • Adjective
  • Definition: Commonly found in a particular region or among a particular people.
  • Roots: Dēmos (Greek meaning people), Endēmios (Greek meaning native)
  • In the 17th century, Endemic formed from the French word endémique and the Latin word endemicus.

How Can I Use the Word Endemic?

  • It can be used to describe anything commonly found in an area. For example, the black bear is an endemic species of North Carolina.
  • Another definition: characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment. For example, plastic surgery is endemic in the world of reality TV.
  • Do not confuse Endemic with Epidemic. Epidemic relates specifically to infectious diseases: a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time. Endemic can be used to describe anything in a particular area. Endemic is also an adjective that can be used to describe an epidemic. In the earlier example, Yellow Fever would be an epidemic that was endemic of Philadelphia.


  • Regional
  • Characteristic
  • Local
  • Particular


  • Widespread
  • Global
  • Invasive

Some Things That Are Endemic of the Southeast

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Which Sentence Is Incorrect?

  1. The Paw Paw is an endemic tree of North Carolina.
  2. When Alice visited her cousin, she bought an Apple computer because the endemic company is cheaper in the United States.
  3. Unfortunately, cheating has become so endemic of high school students that teachers have had to install cameras in their classrooms.
  4. It is a shame that In N Out is endemic of the west and can't be found in North Carolina.