risk factor

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.

Origin:
1945–50

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

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