cofactor

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noun co·fac·tor \ ˈkō-ˌfak-tər \

Definition of cofactor

1 :the signed minor of an element of a square matrix or of a determinant with the sign positive if the sum of the column number and row number of the element is even and with the sign negative if it is odd
2 :a substance that acts with another substance to bring about certain effects; especially :coenzyme
3 :something (such as diet or a virus) that acts with or aids another factor in causing disease

First Known Use of cofactor

1885


Medical Dictionary

cofactor

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noun co·fac·tor \ ˈkō-ˌfak-tər \

medical Definition of cofactor

1 :a substance that acts with another substance to bring about certain effects; especially :coenzyme
2 :something (as a diet or virus) that acts with or aids another factor in causing disease
  • Infection with the HPV virus is an important cofactor in cervical cancer, but very few people infected with HPV will ever get cervical cancer.
  • —Elissa MendenhallMotheringMay/June 2007

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