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factor

  

      n  
1    an element or cause that contributes to a result  
2      (Maths)  
a    one of two or more integers or polynomials whose product is a given integer or polynomial  
2 and 3 are factors of 6     
b    an integer or polynomial that can be exactly divided into another integer or polynomial  
1, 2, 3, and 6 are all factors of 6     
3    foll by identifying numeral     (Med)   any of several substances that participate in the clotting of blood  
factor VIII     
4    a person who acts on another's behalf, esp. one who transacts business for another  
5      (Commerce)   a business that makes loans in return for or on security of trade debts  
6       former name for a       gene  
7      (Commercial law)   a person to whom goods are consigned for sale and who is paid a factorage  
8    (in Scotland) the manager of an estate  
      vb  
9    intr   to engage in the business of a factor,   (See also)        factor in  
     (C15: from Latin: one who acts, from facere to do)  
  factorable      adj  
  factorability      n  
  factorship      n  
Factor (sense 1) should only be used to refer to something which contributes to a result. It should not be used to refer to a part of something such as a plan or arrangement; instead a word such as component or element should be used  


clotting factor  
      n   any one of a group of substances, including factor VIII, the presence of which in the blood is essential for blood clotting to occur,   (Also called)    coagulation factor  
coagulation factor  
      n     (Med)      another name for       clotting factor  
colony-stimulating factor  
      n     (Immunol)   any of a number of substances, secreted by the bone marrow, that cause stem cells to proliferate and differentiate, forming colonies of specific blood cells. Synthetic forms are being tested for their ability to reduce the toxic effects of chemotherapy,   (Abbrev.)    CSF  
common factor  
      n   a number or quantity that is a factor of each member of a group of numbers or quantities  
5 is a common factor of 15 and 20        (Also called)    common divisor  
corn factor  
      n   a person who deals in corn  
factor VIII  
      n   a protein that participates in the clotting of blood. It is extracted from donated serum and used in the treatment of the commonest type of haemophilia, in which it is absent  
factor analysis  
      n     (Statistics)   any of several techniques for deriving from a number of given variables a smaller number of different, more useful, variables  
factor cost  
      n   (in social accounting) valuation of goods and services at their overall commercial cost, including markups but excluding indirect taxes and subsidies  
factor in  
      adv  
      vb   tr, adv     (Chiefly U.S.)   to take account of (something) when making a calculation  
factor of production  
      n   a resource or input entering the production of wealth, such as land, labour, capital, etc.,   (Also called)    agent of production  
factor of safety  
      n   the ratio of the breaking stress of a material or structure to the calculated maximum stress when in use,   (Also called)    safety factor  
growth factor  
      n   any of several substances present in serum that induce growth of cells. Excessive amounts of growth factor may be associated with the production of cancer cells  
highest common factor  
      n   the largest number or quantity that is a factor of each member of a group of numbers or quantities,   (Abbrev.)    HCF, h.c.f     (Also called)    greatest common divisor  
house factor  
      n      a Scot. term for       estate agent  
intrinsic factor  
      n     (Biochem)   a glycoprotein, secreted by the stomach, the presence of which is necessary for the absorption of cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12) in the intestine  
load factor  
      n  
1    the ratio of the average electric load to the peak load over a period of time  
2      (Aeronautics)  
a    the ratio of a given external load to the weight of an aircraft  
b    the actual payload carried by an aircraft as a percentage of its maximum payload  
power factor  
      n   (in an electrical circuit) the ratio of the power dissipated to the product of the input volts times amps  
Q factor  
      n  
1    a measure of the relationship between stored energy and rate of energy dissipation in certain electrical components, devices, etc., thus indicating their efficiency  
2      (Also called)    Q value   the heat released in a nuclear reaction, usually expressed in millions of electronvolts for each individual reaction.,   (Symbol)    Q  
     (C20: short for quality factor)  
quality factor  
      n   a property of ionizing radiations that affects their ability to cause biological effects. For weakly ionizing radiations such as gamma rays it has value 1 whilst for alpha rays it is about 20,   (Former name)    relative biological effectiveness  
rhesus factor  
      n      See       Rh factor  
Rh factor  
      n   an agglutinogen commonly found in human blood: it may cause a haemolytic reaction, esp. during pregnancy or following transfusion of blood that does not contain this agglutinogen,   (Full name)    rhesus factor      See also       Rh positive       Rh negative  
     (C20: named after the rhesus monkey, in which it was first discovered)  
risk factor  
      n     (Med)   a factor, such as a habit or an environmental condition, that predisposes an individual to develop a particular disease  
safety factor  
      n      another name for       factor of safety  
unit factor  
      n     (Genetics)   the gene responsible for the inheritance of a unit character  
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n.
key
ce diplôme est un sésame pour la vie professionnelle
n.
an aspect of something that is very impressive or exciting
often used for houses: the wow factor is its high-tech kitchen
exp.
User’s online presence that hold the potential to be the key to ones online identity, value and worth.
[Tech.]
o.
Cyber Legacy Locker is the safe and secure way to pass encrypted access key of online accounts to authorized assignee.
[Leg.];[Tech.] passing access key of online account to friends or love ones
n.
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
n.
expression used for describing a perfect compatibility (between people, things, factors etc.)

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