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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).
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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.
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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
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factor

A quantity which is multiplied by another quantity.

See also divisor.
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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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Cirrhosis, owing to the altered liver synthetic capacity, is associated with decreased levels of all the procoagulant factors (except factor VIII and von Willebrand factor, which are increased) (28).
In these studies, mucin-producing adenocarcinoma of the lung was associated with the highest risk of VTE; it is assumed that the presence of mucus may lead to increased secretion of procoagulant factors [27].
With destruction of the hepatic parenchymal cells, not only are the procoagulant factors reduced, but also the levels of protease inhibitors, Protein C and S, a situation that is not reflected in the PT or aPTT (2).
Pregnancy is associated with increased concentrations of procoagulant factors, decreasing fibrinolytic activity, and loss of endothelial cell thrombomodulin (George, 2003).
With liver disease (or vitamin K deficiency/antagonism), factor VII is usually the first factor to decrease as it has the shortest half life of all procoagulant factors produced in the liver.
Markers of vasculitis (anticardiolipin antibodies, rheumatoid factor, ANA, anti-dsDNA) and procoagulant factors (protein C, protein S, antithrombin III) were all found negative.