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(1) The number of people with a specific condition or attribute at a specified time divided by the total number of people in the population.
(2) The number or proportion of cases, events or conditions in a given population.
A term defined in the context of a 4-cell diagnostic matrix (2 X 2 table) as the amount of people with a disease, X, relative to a population.

Veterinary medicine
(1) A clinical estimate of the probability that an animal has a given disease, based on current knowledge (e.g., by history of physical exam) before diagnostic testing.
(2) As defined in a population, the probability at a specific point in time that an animal randomly selected from a group will have a particular condition, which is equivalent to the proportion of individuals in the group that have the disease. Group prevalence is calculated by dividing the number of individuals in a group that have a disease by the total number of individuals in the group at risk of the disease. Prevalence is a good measure of the amount of a chronic, low-mortality disease in a population, but is not of the amount of short duration or high-fatality disease. Prevalence is often established by cross-sectional surveys.


percentage or fraction of a whole. Often expressed also as a rate or ratio by comparison to a total or other population.

proportion differences
estimating the significance of differences between two proportional morbidities or mortalities.

Patient discussion about proportion

Q. I have found that my body weight has high proportion of water in total weight.. I have found that my body weight has high proportion of water in total weight, and it makes me to take less water and there by increasing my thirst, which in turn stresses my body a lot, what can I do to reduce this problem…..?

A. Your body has a way of compensating when it is lacking something. When you are dehydrated, your body will retain fluids, hence the excess water.
drink plenty of water daily and you will find that you will lose this puffiness as your body adjusts to getting what it needs.

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Customers Receive a $4,000 Discount on New Proportioners Manufactured by Polyurethane Machine Corporation and a Free Spare Parts Kit with Purchase of an Air Purge Gun
Specifically, Intech will market the Reactor 2 E-30 and E-XP2 models for Polyurea, and the fully integrated Reactor 2 E-30i and E-XP2i proportioners.
19, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Roofing equipment and supplies provider, Intech Equipment & Supply, announced it will offer special year-end pricing on the "Classic" Series PH/PHX hydraulic proportioners for foam and coatings manufactured by Polyurethane Machinery Corporation (PMC).
Once the sprinkler system is activated, it takes 15 seconds for water to fill the piping from proportioners to sprinklers at I-90 tunnels and another 15 seconds for a full sprinkler system discharge.
Fitness for purpose of existing foam systems requires that: * the foam type is suitable for the fuels * foam storage tanks are fully charged * the hazard and its configuration have not changed * water supplies are operational * foam concentrate and proportioners are performance checked annually * control and isolating valves are operational and in their required status * nozzles and piping are undamaged * the system is regularly maintained by competent personnel
Its design eliminates the need for proportioners, complex metering devices and batch-mixing of hazardous chemicals, meaning you only use what you need and limit worker liability while enhancing worker safety.