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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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Chung, "Inhibitory effect of UK,74505, a potent and specific oral platelet activating factor (PAF) receptor antagonist, on airway and systemic responses to inhaled PAF in humans," American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, vol.
A mutation in plasma platelet activating factor acetylhydrolase (Val279Phe)is a genetic risk factor for cerebral hemorrhage but not for hypertension.
Characterization of serum platelet activating factor (PAF) acetylhydrolase.
Platelet activating factor (PAF, 1-O-Octadecyl-2-O-acetyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphorylcholine) was purchased from Bachem (Heidelberg, Germany) and heparin (50001.U./ml) was bought from Braun AG (Melsungen, Germany).
Procoagulant property of platelet activating factor (PAF).
Platelet activating factor (PAF) involvement in endotoxin-induced hypotension in rats studies with PAF-receptor antagonist, kadsurenone.
Structural identification of platelet activating factor in psoriatic scale.
Inflammation, bioactive lipids and atherosclerosis: potential roles of a lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2, platelet activating factor acetylhydrolase.