Definition of Prevalence

1. Noun. The quality of prevailing generally; being widespread. "He was surprised by the prevalence of optimism about the future"

Generic synonyms: Generality
Specialized synonyms: Currency
Derivative terms: Prevail, Prevalent



2. Noun. (epidemiology) the ratio (for a given time period) of the number of occurrences of a disease or event to the number of units at risk in the population.
Category relationships: Epidemiology
Generic synonyms: Ratio

3. Noun. A superiority in numbers or amount. "A preponderance of evidence against the defendant"
Exact synonyms: Preponderance
Generic synonyms: Figure, Number
Derivative terms: Preponderate, Prevail

Definition of Prevalence

1. n. The quality or condition of being prevalent; superior strength, force, or influence; general existence, reception, or practice; wide extension; as, the prevalence of virtue, of a fashion, or of a disease; the prevalence of a rumor.

Definition of Prevalence

1. Noun. The quality or condition of being prevalent; superior strength, force, or influence; general existence, reception, or practice; wide extension; as the prevalence of virtue, of a fashion, or of a disease; the prevalence of a rumor. ¹

2. Noun. (epidemiology) The total number of cases of a disease in the given statistical population at a given time. ¹

3. Noun. (epidemiology) The total number of cases of a disease in the given statistical population at a given time, divided by the number of individuals in the population. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Prevalence

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Literary usage of Prevalence

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1. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General by M. Joycelyn Elders (1997)
"Smoking prevalence gradually increased among white males during the six decades covered by ... Among black males, prevalence declined between 1950 and 1980. ..."

2. Drug Use Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities edited by Andrea Kopstein (1998)
"prevalence TRENDS This section presents prevalence trends for lifetime, ... For cocaine use the lifetime prevalence for Hispanic 8th graders is 7.5 percent ..."

3. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"The prevalence of chronic bronchitis was at least 2 times higher in smokers as ... In this study, we have determined the prevalence of these complaints in a ..."

4. The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo, Giovanni Battista Baldelli Boni, Hugh Murray, Société de géographie (France) (1852)
"... as to Authenticity—Causes—Their temporary prevalence— How gradually remove.! — Grounds of Confidence in the Narrative— No prior Source of Information ..."

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