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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
To date, the conventional view has been that the Alzheimer's incidence rate will continue to rise as the Baby Boomers age.
The cancer society, in coming to a different decision, extended the analyses used by the task force and incorporated recent data on the rising incidence of the disease among younger people.
And just this week, researchers reported that the incidence of advanced prostate cancer is rising, a change some critics attribute to the decline in early screening.
These two incidences - on paper - only amount to two goals (4-2 to Liverpool had the correct decisions been made).
Connecticut’s relatively high incidence of acute care hospital inpatient utilization and emergency department visits for Opioids further illustrates overwhelming need for additional residential detoxification services.
The organization also has reported a recent increase in the incidence of melanoma: Between 2008 and 2018, the number of new melanoma cases diagnosed annually has increased by 53%.
The application of mulch to soil under plants can reduce incidence of these types of diseases.
Research has shown that sunscreen can reduce the incidence of skin cancer and protect against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
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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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