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Examples of incidence in a Sentence
an increased incidence of diabetes
a high incidence of criminal behavior
Recent Examples of incidence from the Web
Nationwide reporting of the disease isn't mandatory, but a study in 2000 looked at Creutzfeldt-Jakob deaths between 1979 and 1998 and found an annual incidence of about one in every 1 million people.
Millions of Americans experience at least one form of a non-healing wound annually and the incidence of these wounds is increasing each year.
The incidence has gradually declined since 2001 as more people become educated about water safety.
Proceeds from the event benefit the foundation: Currently, Louisiana ranks #1 per capita in incidences of chronic kidney disease because of the high prevalence of high blood pressure and diabetes in the state's population.
In February, Mexican health officials reported that Colima is now one of four states in the country with the highest incidence of Zika infections, with 189 cases confirmed in pregnant women from 2015 through March 2 of this year. ‘
Nonetheless, the incidence of such attacks has decreased greatly as American and other foreign forces have declined from a peak of 150,000 soldiers to about 14,000 now.
In February, Mexican health officials reported that Colima is now one of four states in the country with the highest incidence of Zika infections, with 189 cases confirmed in pregnant women from 2015 through March 2.
Steve O’Brien, a Christopher Columbus teacher and cancer survivor, founded Castaways Against Cancer to improve patients’ survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for patients and their caretakers.
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Did You Know?
The words incident, incidence, and instance may seem similar (and, in fact, incident and incidence are closely related), but they are not used identically. In current use, incidence usually means "rate of occurrence" and is often qualified in some way ("a high incidence of diabetes"). Incident usually refers to a particular event, often something unusual or unpleasant ("many such incidents go unreported"). Instance suggests a particular occurrence that is offered as an example ("another instance of bureaucratic bumbling"); it can also be synonymous with case ("many instances in which the wrong form was submitted"). The plural incidences sometimes occurs in such contexts as "several recent incidences of crime," but this use is often criticized as incorrect.
First Known Use of incidence
INCIDENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incidence for English Language Learners
: the number of times something happens or develops : the rate at which something occurs
: the angle at which a ray (such as a ray of light) hits a surface
Medical Definition of incidence
1a: angle of incidenceb: the arrival of something (as a ray of light) at a surface
2a: an act or the fact or manner of occurring or affecting diseases of domestic incidence—Scienceb: rate of occurrence or influence; especially : the rate of occurrence of new cases of a particular disease in a population being studied—compare prevalence
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