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risk factor


noun

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

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rising sign, rising trot, risk, risk aversion, risk capital, risk factor, risk life and limb, risk management, risk-averse, risk-benefit, risktaker

Origin of risk factor

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

risk factor


noun

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