from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition of being prevalent.
- n. Medicine The total number of cases of a disease in a given population at a specific time.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
- n. The total number of cases of a disease in the given statistical population at a given time.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or condition of being prevalent; superior strength, force, or influence; general existence, reception, or practice; wide extension
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being prevalent.
- n. Superior strength, influence, or efficacy; predominance.
- n. General occurrence, practice, or reception; extensive existence or use: as, the prevalence of a custom or of a disease.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a superiority in numbers or amount
- n. (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
- n. the quality of prevailing generally; being widespread
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"Not all of the increase in prevalence is a bad thing," said Dr. Sue Kirkman, the American Diabetes Association's senior vice president of medical affairs and community information.
(NSCIA) and Assembly of Moslems in Nigeria (AMIN), yesterday condemned the botched attempt by a Nigerian lad, Mallam Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, to blow up a Delta Airlines aircraft in Detroit, United States on Christmas day, blaming acts of terrorism and all forms of extreme behavioural tendencies on what it described as the prevalence of injustice in various spheres of life.
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IIn a south central Ky county, the smoking prevalence is 1 in 2.6 citizens.
To illustrate, among those aged 55 to 64 years, diabetes prevalence is twice as high in the United States and only one fifth of this difference can be explained by a common set of risk factors.
This prevalence is most impressive because of its newness.
According to the UNICEF, reported HIV prevalence is low in Egypt – ranging from 2,900 to 13,000 individuals - but there is very limited access to information for those most at risk and weak provisions for people living with HIV.
It is high time to unite our efforts to strengthen the enforcement of this tobacco legislation to have significant reduction in prevalence of tobacco use, reduction in exposure to tobacco smoke and effective prevention of tobacco uptake.
Moreover, erroneous forms seem contagious: their prevalence is likely to affect those who are uncertain, thereby spreading the confusion.
Its prevalence is not the result of a recent word transfer or innovation, but reflects the preservation of an ancient verb root of persistent meaning that dates back to the proto-Bantu period of the early third millennium BCE. 56 In other words, the idea of bewitchment has retained its current meaning and linguistic form for at least 5,000 years.
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