multifactorial

adjective
mul·​ti·​fac·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌməl-tē-fak-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce multifactorial (audio) , -ˌtī- \

Definition of multifactorial

1 : caused or marked by a polygenic mode of inheritance dependent on a number of genes at different loci The essence of multifactorial (polygenic) inheritance is that a single component of the phenotype (a single character) can be controlled by several independent gene loci.— Ernst Mayr also : caused by or dependent on the interaction of multiple genes combined with one or more environmental factors Breast cancer is what scientists call "multifactorial" in that a variety of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors are thought to play a role. — Francesca Lyman
2 or multifactor \ ˌməl-​tē-​ˈfak-​tər How to pronounce multifactorial (audio) , -​ˌtī-​ \ : having, involving, or produced by a variety of elements or causes a multifactorial approach multifactor authentication Ligament damage, particularly in a throwing arm, is a complex, multifactorial process.— Matt McCarthy

Other Words from multifactorial

multifactorially \ ˌməl-​tē-​fak-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce multifactorial (audio) , -​ˌtī-​ \ adverb

Examples of multifactorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because the underlying causes are complex and multifactorial, so must be the solutions: there simply is no silver bullet. Daniel Swain, Outside Online, 11 Jan. 2022 With climate change and overfishing dramatically reshaping marine ecosystems, the answer is almost always multifactorial. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 Those problems were multifactorial and mighty even before Covid-19 exposed them globally. Praduman Jain, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 The second is the issue of stability, which itself is multifactorial. Outside Online, 13 Sep. 2021 The reasons why are multifactorial: Black people are subject to health provider biases, lack of access to care, and tend to receive a later diagnosis, often with more aggressive types of breast cancer at advanced stages. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, 2 Nov. 2021 However, the precise explanation for the relative disappearance of influenza in 2020 is likely multifactorial. Matthew Binnicker, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Charles says the disparity is multifactorial and could be attributed to a lack of training. Ruth Samuel, Allure, 21 July 2021 Prevailing views that people are personally responsible for their weight, despite ample scientific evidence of the complex and multifactorial causes of obesity, are one reason why weight stigma persists. Rebecca Puhl, The Conversation, 1 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of multifactorial

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for multifactorial

multifactorial

adjective
mul·​ti·​fac·​to·​ri·​al | \ -fak-ˈtōr-ē-əl, -ˈtȯr- How to pronounce multifactorial (audio) \

Medical Definition of multifactorial

1 : caused or marked by a polygenic mode of inheritance dependent on a number of genes at different loci The essence of multifactorial (polygenic) inheritance is that a single component of the phenotype (a single character) can be controlled by several independent gene loci.— Ernst Mayr also : caused by or dependent on the interaction of multiple genes combined with one or more environmental factors Breast cancer is what scientists call "multifactorial" in that a variety of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors are thought to play a role. — Francesca Lyman
2 or multifactor \ -​ˈfak-​tər How to pronounce multifactorial (audio) \ : having, involving, or produced by a variety of elements or causes a multifactorial study a disease with a multifactorial etiology Ligament damage, particularly in a throwing arm, is a complex, multifactorial process.— Matt McCarthy

Other Words from multifactorial

multifactorially \ -​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce multifactorial (audio) \ adverb
multifactoriality \ -​ˌtōr-​ē-​ˈal-​ət-​ē, -​ˌtȯr-​ How to pronounce multifactorial (audio) \ noun, plural multifactorialities

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