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factor,

in arithmetic, any number that divides a given number evenly, i.e., without any remainder. The factors of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12. Similarly in algebra, any one of the algebraic expressions multiplied by another to form a product is a factor of that product, e.g., a+b and ab are factors of a2b 2, since (a+b)(ab)=a2b2. In general, if r is a rootroot,
in mathematics, number or quantity r for which an equation f(r)=0 holds true, where f is some function. If f is a polynomial, r is called a root of f; for example, r=3 and r
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 of a polynomialpolynomial,
mathematical expression which is a finite sum, each term being a constant times a product of one or more variables raised to powers. With only one variable the general form of a polynomial is a0xn+a1x
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 equation f(x)=0, then (xr) is a factor of the polynomial f(x).

factor

[′fak·tər]
(mathematics)
For an integer n, any integer which gives n when multiplied by another integer.
For a polynomial p, any polynomial which gives p when multiplied by another polynomial.
For a graph G, a spanning subgraph of G with at least one edge.
(statistics)
A quantity or a variable being studied in an experiment as a possible cause of variation.

factor

1. Maths
a. one of two or more integers or polynomials whose product is a given integer or polynomial
b. an integer or polynomial that can be exactly divided into another integer or polynomial
2. Med any of several substances that participate in the clotting of blood
3. Law, Commerce a person who acts on another's behalf, esp one who transacts business for another
4. former name for a gene
5. Commercial law a person to whom goods are consigned for sale and who is paid a factorage
6. (in Scotland) the manager of an estate

factor

A quantity which is multiplied by another quantity.

See also divisor.

factor

A number that divides evenly into another number. For example, 3 and 4 are factors of 12. See factorial and IFP.
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The report provides a snapshot of the global therapeutic landscape for Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor (Glycosylation-Inhibiting Factor or L-Dopachrome Isomerase or MIF or EC 5.
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AVANIR Pharmaceuticals (San Diego, CA; 310-996-7458) announced that it has acquired a macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) technology from the Ciblex Corporation (San Diego, CA; 619-546-7848).
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SAN DIEGO -- AVANIR Pharmaceuticals (AMEX:AVN) today announced the signing of a global research, development and commercialization agreement with Novartis to develop orally active small molecule therapeutics targeting macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) as potential treatments for inflammatory diseases.
Avanir's small molecules target macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), a pro-inflammatory cytokine that plays a critical role in disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Blair continued, "In the area of collaborations, the first quarter was highlighted by our funded research collaboration with Baxter Healthcare Corporation, in which Baxter will utilize Dyax's proprietary phage display technology to discover antibodies that block macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), a cytokine involved in immune, infectious and malignant disorders.
The AVANIR compounds target macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), a pro-inflammatory cytokine that plays a critical role in inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis.
MN-166 is a first-in-class, orally bioavailable, small molecule phosphodiesterase (PDE) -4 and 10 inhibitor and a macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) inhibitor that suppresses pro-inflammatory cytokines and promotes neurotrophic factors, concluded the company.

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