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risk factor

noun
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
1945-1950
1945-50
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British Dictionary definitions for risk factor

risk factor

noun
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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