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 for endemical
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Endemic \En*de"mic\, Endemical \En*de"mic*al\, a. [Gr. ?, ?; ? +
     ? the people: cf. F. end['e]mique.] (Med.)
     1. Peculiar to a district or particular locality, or class of
        persons; as, an endemic disease.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: 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.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. 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.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: 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"
             [syn: endemic, endemical] [ant: ecdemic,

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