multifactorial

[ muhl-tee-fak-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-, muhl-tahy- ]
/ ˌmʌl ti fækˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌmʌl taɪ- /

adjective

having or stemming from a number of different causes or influences: Some medical researchers regard cancer as a multifactorial disease.

Nearby words

  1. multidimensional,
  2. multidirectional,
  3. multidisciplinary,
  4. multiethnic,
  5. multifaceted,
  6. multifactorial inheritance,
  7. multifamily,
  8. multifarious,
  9. multifid,
  10. multifil

Origin of multifactorial

First recorded in 1915–20; multi- + factor + -ial

Related formsmul·ti·fac·to·ri·al·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for multifactorial

multifactorial

/ (ˌmʌltɪfækˈtɔːrɪəl) /

adjective

genetics of or designating inheritance that depends on more than one gene
involving or including a number of elements or factors
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Word Origin and History for multifactorial

multifactorial

adj.

also multi-factorial, 1920, from multi- + factorial.

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