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agent

a person representing a business concern, esp a travelling salesman
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Agent

 

in Soviet civil law, a party in a contract of agency. The agent’s duties include the performance of specified legal acts, for example, contracts of sale and management of property, in the name of and on the account of a principal party. The agent may be a legally competent (sui juris) citizen or a legal person (if this is allowed by the latter’s charter or statute). The actions performed by the agent directly generate, change, or extinguish rights and obligations of the principal.

The agent is bound to perform the agency in exact conformity with the principal’s instructions, carry out the agency personally, although in instances provided for by law the responsibilities may be transferred to another person (art. 68 of the RSFSR Civil Code), inform the principal upon demand of progress in performing the agency, submit a report on performance of the agency, and transfer to the principal any property obtained in connection with performance of the agency.

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agent

One who is empowered to enter into binding transactions on behalf of another (usually called the principal).
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agent

(networking)
In the client-server model, the part of the system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client or server. Especially in the phrase "intelligent agent" it implies some kind of automatic process which can communicate with other agents to perform some collective task on behalf of one or more humans.
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agent

(1) An employee of an inbound call center (sales and service) or an outbound call center (telemarketer). See agent turnover.

(2) A software routine that performs an action continuously or when a specified event occurs. Also called "bots," intelligent agents" and "personal agents." See bot.
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Effects of new inotropic agents on [Ca.sup.++] sensitivity of contracile proteins.
Influence of the novel inotropic agent levosimendan on isometric tension and calcium cycling in failing human myocardium.
Situations similar to actual clinical scenarios were designed to investigate the correlation between S1 amplitude and cardiac output when inotropic agents and beta blockers were used.
Unlike other positive inotropic agents that increase intracellular cAMP, levosimendan is not associated with an increased incidence of arrhythmia leading to cardiovascular mortality.
Patients treated with the vasodilator nitroglycerin or the natriuretic peptide nesiritide had better survival rates and shorter hospital stays than did those treated with the positive inotropic agents dobutamine and milrinone, the researchers said.
The search for the ideal positive inotropic agent. N Engl J Med 1993; 329: 201-2.
Although it is routinely used for chronic heart failure exacerbations and is FDA approved for that indication, no placebo-controlled trials have established that milrinone or other intravenous inotropic agents improve outcomes, the investigators said (JAMA 287[12]:1541-47, 2002).
The dependent variable was presence or absence of dipper phenomena, and independent variables were age, cardiopulmonary bypass time, postoperative inotropic agent need, low cardiac output syndrome, malignant ventricular arrhythmia, postoperative IABP need, postoperative myocardial infarction, gender, and smoking.
This was likely the result of hyperdynamic ventricular contractility and stroke volume due to inotropic agents and severe aortic insufficiency, respectively.
He died nine hours after the admission to the hospital despite aggressive respiratory and circulatory support including intubation and mechanical ventilation, administration of inotropic agents and antibiotics.