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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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Some have speculated that delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) and depression might share genetic susceptibility factors, but preliminary data from an ongoing study suggest this may not be the case, Dr.
The long-term goals of ENDGAME are to accelerate the identification of genetic susceptibility factors in human disease and the ultimate development of novel and individual disease prevention and treatment strategies through the advancement of genome-wide association study methodologies.
The investigators looked for and failed to find any significant increase in a number of other autoimmune diseases, suggesting these diseases don't share genetic susceptibility factors in common with vitiligo.
2006), and susceptibility factors such as age, genetics, and obesity (Yeatts et al.
Genetics, age, and lifestyle (obesity, diet) are major susceptibility factors in the induction of asthma and can interact with environmental exposures either synergistically or antagonistically.
The common thread ranging throughout the RFA was that the disease is likely due to one or more environmental influences in combination with one or more genetic susceptibility factors. Stated another way, it embodied an axiom that I have heard Dr.
Some were referring to the ability to understand and predict an individual's adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals, whereas others were referring to identifying susceptibility factors for toxic exposures in populations and individuals.
Several genetic susceptibility factors have been found to be related to bladder cancer (Engel et al.
Additional research is also needed to understand the contribution of environmental exposure, endogenous susceptibility factors, and increasing age in the disease linkage.