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multifactorial

[muhl-tee-fak-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl ti fækˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌmʌl taɪ-/
adjective
1.
having or stemming from a number of different causes or influences:
Some medical researchers regard cancer as a multifactorial disease.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; multi- + factor + -ial
Related forms
multifactorially, adverb
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Examples from the web for multifactorial
  • The pancreas is a multifactorial glandular body organ that plays a part in much more than insulin production.
  • The result of the disease process known as dental caries, getting cavities is a complex and multifactorial scenario.
British Dictionary definitions for multifactorial

multifactorial

/ˌmʌltɪfækˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
(genetics) of or designating inheritance that depends on more than one gene
2.
involving or including a number of elements or factors
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Word Origin and History for multifactorial
adj.

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

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