prevalence


prev·a·lence

noun \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

Examples of PREVALENCE

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

First Known Use of PREVALENCE

1713

prev·a·lence

noun \ˈprev(-ə)-lən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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