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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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The antigenic binding sites of autoantibodies to factor XII in patients with recurrent pregnancy losses.
The slight reduction in clotting factor XII activity (53 IU/dL; reference interval 70-150 IU/dL) was considered secondary.
The moderate factor XII deficiency in case 1 was probably an acquired coagulation defect, which is not uncommon in elderly subjects.
Experiments on mice and with patient plasma have shown that polyphosphate is released by blood platelets and activates Factor XII, a protein that scientists have previously shown to contribute to coagulation.
No significant difference was seen in factor XII * AP and * AT levels were statistically significant (p = 0.001 and 0.01 respectively) at both the 4.0 and 10.O[micro]g doses * Protein C level was statistically significant (0.01) starting at 24 hours in both venom doses from baseline levels Table 3.
(1.) Hageman factor is also known as factor XII, which is a contact
This type of HAE may be due to increased activity of coagulation factor XII (6).