cofactor

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noun co·fac·tor \ˈkō-ˌfak-tər\

Definition of cofactor

  1. 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. 2 :  a substance that acts with another substance to bring about certain effects; especially :  coenzyme

  3. 3 :  something (as diet or a virus) that acts with or aids another factor in causing disease

1885

First Known Use of cofactor

1885


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cofactor

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noun co·fac·tor \ˈkō-ˌfak-tər\

Medical Definition of cofactor

  1. 1:  a substance that acts with another substance to bring about certain effects; especially :  coenzyme

  2. 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 Mendenhall, Mothering, May/June 2007>


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