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Pronunciation:  pr'evuluns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality of prevailing generally; being widespread; "he was surprised by the prevalence of optimism about the future"
  2. [n]  a superiority in numbers or amount; "there is a preponderance of Blacks in our prisons"
  3. [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

PREVALENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: preponderance
 See Also: currency, figure, generality, number, ratio



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Prev"a*lence\, n. [L. praevalentia: cf. F.
pr['e]valence. See {Prevail}.]
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.

      The duke better knew what kind of argument were of
      prevalence with him.                     --Clarendon.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: statistic that equals the total number of people in a population with a certain disease at a given time.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The proportion of individuals in a population having a disease.