multiple factor


Definition of multiple factor 

: one of a group of nonallelic genes that according to the multiple-factor hypothesis control various quantitative hereditary characters

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Photo: Getty Images Experts believe that multiple factors must be at play in the bees’ plight. Thor Hanson, WSJ, "The Plight of the Humble Bee," 29 June 2018 In Illinois, the Accelerated Placement Act, which will take effect on July 1, requires school districts to use multiple factors when identifying advanced students. Dana Goldstein, New York Times, "Educators Turn to Programs for Top Students to Narrow the ‘Excellence Gap’," 25 June 2018 According to Patrick DeHaan, the head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, there are multiple factors contributing to the spike in gas prices. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Gas Taxes Rise in 7 States Just as Record Travel Is Expected for the 4th of July," 2 July 2018 Perhaps multiple factors contributed to the summit. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Trump’s refreshing admission that he felt ‘foolish’ when taunting Kim Jong Un," 13 June 2018 Instead, leading pollsters describe multiple factors boosting women this year, ranging from sweeping cultural forces to a subtle feeling among liberal-leaning voters that women are more progressive. Alex Roarty, Anchorage Daily News, "Why women are dominating Democratic primaries," 30 June 2018 Instead, lifespan is probably limited by multiple factors, and these factors may even be an inevitable consequence of the molecular mechanisms of life. WSJ, "Is There a Limit to the Human Lifespan?," 24 June 2018 As an analogy, Vander Heiden looks to heart disease, in which risk is determined by multiple factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol levels. Justin Chen, STAT, "Muscle and fat loss may offer clues to pancreatic cancer’s deadly ways," 20 June 2018 Taking multiple factors into account, The Times' California politics editors have ranked the hottest races by the intensity of the fight ahead. Julie Westfall,, "Get to know the top candidates running for California governor," 5 June 2018

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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