Definition of prevalence in English:



  • [mass noun] The fact or condition of being prevalent; commonness.

    ‘the prevalence of obesity in adults’
    • ‘Average HIV prevalences in the adult population of most sub-Saharan African countries are 25 percent.’
    • ‘Ireland currently has the highest prevalence of asthma in Europe and it is still on the increase.’
    • ‘They also declined in prevalence as the population became more urban than rural.’
    • ‘As our population ages, the prevalence of aortic stenosis inevitably rises.’
    • ‘Thus, use of current estimates for the prevalence of passive exposure is again conservative.’
    commonness, currency, widespread presence, generality, pervasiveness, universality, extensiveness, ubiquity, ubiquitousness
    rampancy, rifeness
    frequency, regularity
    familiarity, acceptance
    popularity, fashionableness
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