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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 use of activated transfer factor in the treatment of HIV patients.
Transfer factor gives useful information on the availability of metals from soil to edible portion of vegetable (Alloway et al., 1988).
As the panel modal density tends to the point of transfer factor between the (3,1) panel mode and the (0,0,1) enclosure mode which is in the order of 1.0, energy ratio, resonance frequencies, decay times of the (3,1) panel-controlled mode, and the (0,0,1) enclosure-controlled mode tend to be equal too.
Kirkpatrick, "Immunologic reconstitution in a patient with keratoconjunctivitis, superficial candidiasis and hypoparathyroidism: the role of immunocompetent lymphocyte transfusion and transfer factor," Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society, vol.
Table 1 summarizes the measurements, transfer factors, and analytical platforms used by the participating laboratories.
[j.sub.ie] Colburn's heat transfer factor for ideal tube bank in end cross flow zone
Therefore, the overall conductance, transfer factor or diffusing capacity of lung is a function of Dm or membrane conductance, which is the ability of the lung's surface area to transfer oxygen and [theta]Qc which is the ability of the lung's perfusion to remove oxygen.
The results in Table 4 show that only 3 independent variables had influence on the results of the dependent variable of knowledge transfer, and that these together explain 20% of the transfer factor. All the independent variables were significant at 5%, with exception of the local responsiveness, with significance at 15%.
(1991) Effect of Exercise on Lung Transfer Factor for CO in Smokers.
This report introduces charts that identify actions and activities that the seven colleges are implementing to promote each transfer factor. These actions and activities--which explain what the colleges are doing--are then associated with specific practices that illustrate how the colleges are doing it.
Carlisle Refrigeration's contracts manager, Campbell Wark, said: "We opted for Alia Laval's AirMax units because of its innovative fin design which combines maximum external surface area with a very high heat transfer factor and rapid coil water drainage to keep defrost times to a minimum."
He is also accused of giving one child an experimental drug cocktail called Transfer Factor with a view to it being developed as a new measles vaccine.