Definition of prevalence in US English:

prevalence

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.’
    • ‘Thus, use of current estimates for the prevalence of passive exposure is again conservative.’
    • ‘As our population ages, the prevalence of aortic stenosis inevitably rises.’
    • ‘They also declined in prevalence as the population became more urban than rural.’
    commonness, currency, widespread presence, generality, pervasiveness, universality, extensiveness, ubiquity, ubiquitousness
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Pronunciation

prevalence

/ˈprev(ə)ləns//ˈprɛv(ə)ləns/