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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
But experts warn that the alternative — detaining families together — may also pose serious risks to kids’ mental health, potentially increasing the incidence of everything from PTSD to suicide.
Of the nine dog breeds with the highest incidence of death on these three major airlines, four are brachycephalic breeds that are only allowed on United.
Other autoimmune disorders, like lupus, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis, can trigger autoimmune changes that lead to a higher incidence of angular cheilitis.
Other life-threatening infections like anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are increasing in incidence even more quickly than Lyme.
Schake said that veterans with post-traumatic stress do have a somewhat higher incidence of violence risk factors like mental illnesses and substance abuse than the general population.
Research has shown that firefighters have a higher incidence of all types of cancer at an earlier age than the general population.
Travellers and gypsies have the highest incidence of disability of any ethnic group and the lowest level of education.
The incidence of these tumors has increased 10-fold over the past decade, but the disease doesn’t seem to be making much of a dent in the green sea turtle’s recovery from near extinction.
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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.
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
- diseases of domestic incidence
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