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incidence noun

ADJ. great, high There is a greater incidence of cancer in the families of radiation workers. | low | increased/increasing, rising | actual | overall | annual | recorded the highest recorded incidence of air pollution

VERB + INCIDENCE have, show The country had the lowest incidence of Aids cases proportional to its population. The medical histories of our patients show a high incidence of past diseases. | increase, raise | reduce | find They found an increased incidence of childhood leukaemia in some areas. | measure | compare We compared the incidence of coronary heart disease and total mortality. | analyse, consider, investigate | explain The lack of vitamins may explain the higher incidence of heart disease.

INCIDENCE + VERB increase | decrease, fall

INCIDENCE + NOUN rate an incidence rate of 4 or 5 per 10,000 of the population

PREP. ~ among The report analyses the incidence of cancer among people aged 0?24. | ~ in The study noted an increased incidence of heart disease in women.

PHRASES a decrease/an increase/a variation in the incidence of sth