risk factor


Definition of risk factor

: something that increases risk or susceptibility

Examples of risk factor in a Sentence

Age is one of the risk factors for this disease.

Recent Examples on the Web

Within the minutes, the hike is explained by the downplaying of economic weakening since October and by long-term factors keeping inflation around 2%, while references to risk factors explain the flattening of the rate path, Nordea says. WSJ, "European Forex and Fixed Income Market Talk Roundup," 9 Jan. 2019 Earlier this week, state officials said about 30 percent of cases in the current outbreak are not connected to any risk factors. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville is experiencing a hepatitis A epidemic. Should you get a vaccine?," 20 Apr. 2018 According to the National Eating Disorders Association, periods of fasting and binging are considered risk factors for eating disorders. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Know About the 16:8 Diet Before You Start Fasting," 3 May 2019 Tool kits for schools confronting mental health crises call for suicide issues to be handled by professionals trained to identify risk factors and safely handle follow-up care. Karen De Sa, BostonGlobe.com, "Teens pushed to the brink at ‘leadership’ camps," 18 June 2018 Parents and running coaches are not always equipped to identify the risk factors or support those struggling with eating disorders. Kelyn Soong, chicagotribune.com, "Runners spread awarness about eating disorders in their sport," 7 June 2018 Diabetes is also the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Despite all of this, many are still operating on outdated assumptions about what diabetes is, its causes, and its risk factors. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "What's the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?," 10 Sep. 2018 Sonos has never posted an annual profit, a fact that tops its risk factors. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Sonos's IPO Filing Shows Risks of Relying on Amazon and Apple," 6 July 2018 For example, depending on your age and risk factors, you may be advised to make an appointment for a preventive health screening such as a blood pressure or cholesterol test. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "Top 5 questions to ask your primary care physician," 16 Apr. 2018

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of risk factor

: something that increases risk especially : something that makes a person more likely to get a particular disease or condition

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Medical Definition of risk factor

: something that increases risk or susceptibility poorly controlled hypertension is a risk factor for coronary heart disease

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