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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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ExPEC are characterized by pathogenic virulence factor genes coding for various combinations of adhesins, toxins, iron-acquisition systems, capsule production, and toxins that enable them to cause disease once outside the host gut reservoir (32).
'Characterization of Some Virulence Factors Associated with Enterbacteriaceae Isolated From Urinary Tract Infections in Mansoura Hospitals', Egyptian Journal of Medical Microbiology, 2011; 20(2), 9-17.
The high virulence of serotype O157:H7 is attributed to Stx2 production, LEE and accessory virulence factors carried on a plasmid, pO157 (21,38).
The study showed that Pseudomonas spp., Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., and Staphylococcus aureus were the key pathogens implicated in neonatal infections in the center with most being resistant to conventional antibiotics and possessing virulence factors. Staphylococcus aureus contributed most to the overall disease burden.
The Presence of Virulence Factors Is Common in the Clinical Cohort.
Association between the presence of enterococcal virulence factors gelatinase, hemolysin, and enterococcal surface protein and mortality among patients with bacteremia due to Enterococcus faecalis.
Watsky et al suggests that although virulence factors contribute to an organism's pathogenicity it is disruption of mucosal barriers which plays the major role in overcoming host defense.
Occurrence of virulence factors and antibiotic resistances in Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium collected from dairy and human samples in North Italy.
Goldman, "Structural features responsible for the biological stability of Histoplasma's virulence factor CBP," Biochemistry, vol.
(3) Some species of GCS, chiefly SDSE, have many virulence factors found in GAS like M protein, streptokinase, and streptolysins, but there are some that are missing like cysteine protease.