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prevalence

[prev-uh-luh ns] /ˈprɛv ə ləns/
noun
1.
the condition of being prevalent, or widespread:
the prevalence of AIDS in developing countries.
Sometimes, prevalentness.
Related forms
nonprevalence, noun
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  • Formerly, during the prevalence of plague and epidemics, the arrogance of the priest was boundless.

    The Ghosts Robert G. Ingersoll
  • The result was the dominion of the phrase and the prevalence of hollow affectation.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • And scripture abounds with records of the prevalence of such intercessions.

  • There is a human reason for the existence of the concept and for its prevalence in the church.

    Herein is Love Reuel L. Howe
  • During the prevalence of the light air mentioned, Raoul Yvard did not see fit to stir tack or sheet, as it is termed among seamen.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
Word Origin and History for prevalence
n.

1590s, "fact of having mastery," from Middle French prévalence (15c.), from Late Latin praevalentia, from praevalens, present participle of praevalere (see prevalent). Meaning "condition of being widespread or general" is from 1713.

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prevalence in Medicine

prevalence prev·a·lence (prěv'ə-ləns)
n.
The total number of cases of a disease in a given population at a specific time.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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