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risk factor

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  1. a condition, behavior, or other factor that increases risk: Smoking is a major risk factor for cancer; depression as a risk factor in suicide.

Origin of risk factor

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for risk factor

risk factor

  1. med a factor, such as a habit or an environmental condition, that predisposes an individual to develop a particular disease
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