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 Issues with ovulation may also be a sort of risk factor for PCOS. Emilia Benton, Health.com, 14 Oct. 2021 No deaths occurred without the presence of at least one risk factor, and only one death occurred with just a single risk. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Dec. 2011 This information is especially important because family history is a risk factor for developing dementia. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 One systematic review concluded that one in five women who had a miscarriage developed intrauterine adhesions and found that the D&C procedure was a risk factor for developing scarring. Sarah N. Lynch, Health.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Obesity is also a risk factor for severe COVID-19, Hassink said. al, 13 Oct. 2021 According to a 2020 analysis of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, only about one in four women ages 15 to 44 knows that alcohol is a risk factor for breast cancer. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 By focusing on earlier stages in life, this study attempts to start answering that question — is depression a risk factor for cognitive impairment in old age? Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Sep. 2021 And because the coronavirus always finds a way to add insult to injury, consider this: Not only does does the pandemic appear to be fueling a rise in obesity, but obesity itself is a risk factor for severe COVID-19. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of risk factor

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Risk factor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risk%20factor. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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