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Epidemiology Related Terms

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  • Validity

  • The degree to which a measurement actually measures or detects what it is supposed to measure. .

  • Variable

  • Any characteristic or attribute that can be measured. .

  • Variance

  • A measure of the dispersion shown by a set of observations, defined by the sum of the squares of deviations from the mean, divided by the number of degrees of freedom in the set of observations. .

  • Vector

  • An animate intermediary in the indirect transmission of an agent that carries the agent from a reservoir to a susceptible host. .

  • Vehicle

  • An inanimate intermediary in the indirect transmission of an agent that carries the agent from a reservoir to a susceptible host. .

  • Virulence

  • The proportion of persons with clinical disease, who after becoming infected, become severely ill or die. .

  • Vital Statistics

  • Systematically tabulated information about births, marriages, divorces, and deaths, based on registration of these vital events.


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