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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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This study aimed to see the impact of baseline prognostic factors on the outcome of Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Data were collected on demographic, clinical, laboratory, and diagnostic characteristics of these patients; prognostic factors and long-term follow-up results of these patients were investigated.
Clinicopathological characteristics and prognostic factors of primary gastrointestinal lymphoma: a 22-year experience from South China Int J Clin Exp Pathol 2014; 7: 2718-28.
Five independent prognostic factors for MACE were identified, among which LDL-C/HDL-C ratio was the strongest ( P < 0.001; HR = 4.381; 95% CI : 1.971-9.735).
Lymphatic vessel invasion (LVI) is one of the most important prognostic factors in breast carcinoma.
Lymph node type as a prognostic factor for survival in T2 N1 M0 non-small cell lung carcinoma.
Furthermore, less number of involved organs, no bulky mass, and normal CRP level were found to be independent favorable prognostic factors.
Koutroumpa et al., "Prognostic factors for recurrence in early stage adult granulosa cell tumor of the ovary," Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, vol.
Fourth, the different postoperative treatments that patients received were not included into the prognostic factor evaluation.
For patients with metastatic GCT, prognostic factors at initial diagnosis are universally accepted with the International Germ Cell Cancer Cooperative Group (IGCCCG) classification used to guide first-line chemotherapy.
Surgical staging of endometrium cancer provides prognostic factors that are not available before surgery, or which are not always in exact concordance before and after surgery.