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An event, circumstance, influence, or element that plays a part in bringing about a result.

A factor in a case contributes to its causation or outcome. In the area of Negligence law, the factors, or chain of causation, are important in determining whether liability ensues from a particular action done by the defendant.

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n. 1) a salesman who sells in his/her own name on behalf of others, taking a commission for services. 2) something that contributes to the result.

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1 a mercantile agent. An agent who is in the ordinary course of business entrusted with goods or documents of title representing goods with a view to their sale. A factor has a lien over goods entrusted to him; this lien covers any claims he may have against his principal arising out of the agency. Most factors will be mercantile agents (and have the powers of such) for the purposes of the Factors Act 1889. Under this Act, in certain circumstances a factor may pass a good title to goods entrusted to him.
2 an institution to whom a company assigns its book debts (see FACTORING).
3 in Scotland a landlord or superior's agent.
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[1] Nonstandard abbreviations: TSE, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy; BSE, bovine spongiform encephalopathy; CJD, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; CWD, chronic wasting disease; [PrP.sup.C], cellular prion protein; [PrP.sup.Sc], scrapie prion protein; GPI, glycosylphosphatidylinositol; FTIR, Fourier transform infrared; NMR, nuclear magnetic resonance; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; EDRF, erythroid differentiation-related factor; and LTBR, lymphotoxin [beta]-receptor.
"Healthy vessels secrete EDRF to balance the constricting effect of [epinephrine]," Yeung says.
But "match funding" has to be found from Government or business for EDRF money to be spent, which is a major issue given the coalition's plans to slash public spending to cut Britain's deficit.
It is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund (EDRF) through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A).
These were the preliminary findings of Shared Intelligence Ltd, the Cardiff consultants undertaking a feasibility study, funded by EDRF Objective 1, for the Darwin Centre.
New Objective 1 programmes can potentially be funded by the ERDFF, the EAGGF, the ESF or the FIFG (Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance) and Objective 2 programmes by the EDRF or the ESF.
Nitric oxide is a biogenic messenger--an endothelial-derived relaxing factor (EDRF) (15,16).
Endothelium-derived NO or a closely-related molecule was initially described as endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF) (25-27).
Late last year, scientists reported on the activity of endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF), which prevents constriction of blood vessels (SN: 11/28/87, p.342).
Due to muscarinic receptors, ECs became famous in 1980 as the site for generation of endothelium-dependent relaxing factor (EDRF, later revealed to be nitric oxide) [184].