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[prev-uh-luh ns] /ˈprɛv ə ləns/
the condition of being prevalent, or widespread:
the prevalence of AIDS in developing countries.
Sometimes, prevalentness.
Related forms
nonprevalence, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is hard to assess dogfighting's prevalence.
  • Kids should be left with a clear understanding of the pattern and curious about its remarkable prevalence in nature.
  • The reason of this is not any great prevalence of local colour in his writings.
  • There is a similar zone in the northern hemisphere, but the current of the wind is interrupted by the prevalence of land.
  • Another change is the prevalence of concern about the lack of optimism among young people.
  • Rather than saving dollars, this testing gap threatens to overwhelm our system as the prevalence of chronic diseases escalates.
  • Those in institutions had significantly better health scores, lower prevalence of recent sickness and fewer emotional problems.
  • Of course, that may just be due to its prevalence in our yard.
  • Climate has something to do with it, but so does the prevalence of champion big-tree hunters in a particular state.
  • The epidemiology suggests a steady increase in prevalence over time, not sudden increases at times of changes to the schedule.
Word Origin and History for prevalence

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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prevalence in Medicine

prevalence prev·a·lence (prěv'ə-ləns)
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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