se·​ro·​prev·​a·​lence | \ ˌsir-ō-ˈpre-və-lən(t)s How to pronounce seroprevalence (audio) , -ˈprev-lən(t)s \

Definition of seroprevalence

: the frequency of individuals in a population that have a particular element (such as antibodies to HIV) in their blood serum

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Recent Examples on the Web Gottlieb said seroprevalence studies overall indicate that roughly 8% of the U.S. population has been exposed to the coronavirus, though the rate of exposure varies depending on whether states have experienced outbreaks. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Gottlieb says U.S. likely "a long way" from herd immunity to virus," 16 Aug. 2020 Some local governments have done their own seroprevalence research. NBC News, "CDC plans sweeping COVID-19 antibody study in 25 metropolitan areas," 19 May 2020 The harder hit places have higher seroprevalence, but even the hard hit places don’t seem to have crazy numbers. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "The results of coronavirus ‘serosurveys’ are starting to be released. Here’s how to kick their tires," 24 Apr. 2020 The tests results, run by Stanford University, USC and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory — called a seroprevalence study — will show whether people have been infected by COVID-19 in the past, but perhaps were asymptomatic. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB employees to be subjects of country's largest COVID-19 antibody study," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of seroprevalence

1977, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seroprevalence

sero- + prevalence

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“Seroprevalence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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se·​ro·​prev·​a·​lence | \ -ˈprev(-ə)-lən(t)s How to pronounce seroprevalence (audio) \

Medical Definition of seroprevalence

: the frequency of individuals in a population that have a particular element (as antibodies to HIV) in their blood serum

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