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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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Macrophage migration inhibitory factor levels correlate with fatal outcome in sepsis.
AVANIR's small molecule research targets macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), a pro-inflammatory cytokine that is thought to play a critical role in the pathology of disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Researchers found Migration Inhibitory Factor (MIF) to be present at higher levels in the blood of people with some cancers.
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.
has signed an exclusive license with Baxter Healthcare Corporation for rights to Cytokine's anti-macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) antibody technology.
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.

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