multiple factor


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Madhavan: There are multiple factors to be considered. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 May 2020 But there are often multiple factors at play when a newborn has trouble feeding. Christina Caron, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2020 There are multiple factors—a checklist even—that women have to mentally consider before meeting with male colleagues or partners. Grace Chen, Quartz at Work, 7 May 2020 Those poor shooting nights have also included extended scoring droughts, the result of multiple factors. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Mar. 2020 One thing is certain: There’s no one single cause of autism, and every case is the product of multiple factors working together. Nicholette Zeliadt, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2020 The likelihood that the virus spreads can vary depending on multiple factors — for example, whether a worker hands mail directly to a person or puts it in a mailbox. Maryam Jameel, ProPublica, 18 Mar. 2020 How long a corporate chief lasts in the corner office can depend on multiple factors, including the CEO’s financial stake in a company. Chip Cutter, WSJ, 3 Feb. 2020 The analysis cites multiple factors for the growth, such as increasingly sophisticated lenders with access to better underwriting data. Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of multiple factor was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Multiple factor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

multiple factor

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