[prev-uh-luh ns]


the condition of being prevalent, or widespread: the prevalence of AIDS in developing countries.

Sometimes prev·a·lent·ness.
Related formsnon·prev·a·lence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for prevalence

popularity, pervasiveness, currency, preponderance, vogue, ubiquity

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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

prevalence in Medicine




The total number of cases of a disease in a given population at a specific time.
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