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prevalence

noun prev·a·lence \ˈpre-və-lən(t)s, ˈprev-lən(t)s\

Definition of PREVALENCE

1
:  the quality or state of being prevalent
2
:  the degree to which something is prevalent; especially :  the percentage of a population that is affected with a particular disease at a given time
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Examples of PREVALENCE

  1. <the prevalence of rumors when hard information is withheld from the public>

First Known Use of PREVALENCE

1713
PREVALENCE Defined for Kids

prevalence

noun prev·a·lence \ˈpre-və-ləns\

Definition of PREVALENCE for Kids

:  the state of happening, being accepted, or being practiced often or over a wide area
Medical Dictionary

prevalence

noun prev·a·lence \ˈprev(-ə)-lən(t)s\

Medical Definition of PREVALENCE

:  the percentage of a population that is affected with a particular disease at a given time—compare incidence 2b

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