causal agent


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Noun1.causal agent - any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
physical entity - an entity that has physical existence
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
agent - an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; "their research uncovered new disease agents"
nature - a causal agent creating and controlling things in the universe; "the laws of nature"; "nature has seen to it that men are stronger than women"
occult, supernatural - supernatural forces and events and beings collectively; "She doesn't believe in the supernatural"
theurgy - the effect of supernatural or divine intervention in human affairs
first cause, prime mover, primum mobile - an agent that is the cause of all things but does not itself have a cause; "God is the first cause"
destiny, fate - the ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman); "we are helpless in the face of destiny"
catalyst - something that causes an important event to happen; "the invasion acted as a catalyst to unite the country"
deus ex machina - any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an insoluble difficulty
manipulator, operator - an agent that operates some apparatus or machine; "the operator of the switchboard"
power, force - one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; "the mysterious presence of an evil power"; "may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil"
life principle, vital principle - a hypothetical force to which the functions and qualities peculiar to living things are sometimes ascribed
engine - something used to achieve a purpose; "an engine of change"
cause of death, killer - the causal agent resulting in death; "heart disease is the biggest killer in the United States"
danger - a cause of pain or injury or loss; "he feared the dangers of traveling by air"
agent - a substance that exerts some force or effect
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9 (upper respiratory infection), the codes expand to specify the area of infection and causal agent, such as J02.
Objective: While prevention of most female specific cancers (ovarian, breast, endometrial) has not progressed substantially in recent years, significant progress has been made with cervical cancer due to accessibility of the cell of origin (cervical smear) and availability of a test for the causal agent (human papilloma virus); together these enable identification of high risk individuals and interventions to prevent infection or halt progression to invasive cancer.
This is exactly what happens when work load is forwarded as the primary causal agent of injury," said Wolforth, whom Sports Illustrated profiled in a lengthy article in the MLB Preview issue.
PM Modi, to his credit, has cast himself as an active, game- changing causal agent determined to bring about positive reforms.
With no definitive causal agent of EBA identified, the California Cattlemen's Association gave UCCE a grant from its Livestock Memorial Research Fund to develop educational outreach through a video on how to manage cattle to minimize the impact of the disease.
In addition, the exposure metric raises issues regarding the biologic plausibility of benzene as the underlying causal agent for the observed effects.
A typical BSE cases can occur spontaneously in elderly cattle and the 13-year-old animal in the Brazilian case never developed full-blown BSE, testing instead positive for a protein that is the causal agent of mad cow disease.
But it tested positive for the causal agent for BSE, a protein called a prion, which can arise spontaneously in elderly cattle.
First were 32 samples in which no causal agent was found; pathogens were excluded by routine examination with conventional diagnostic techniques for bacteria, parasites, and norovirus at Southern Community Laboratories.
Viral cutaneous lesions are frequent in some bird populations, although we are generally ignorant of the causal agent.
This advance will enable researchers to identify genes responsible for the disease, enhance capabilities to culture this organism, and determine its presumed role as the causal agent of HLB.
These results are in agreement with those of other cross-sectional studies on COPD and air pollution, and longitudinal studies of air pollution and lung function, and strengthen the conclusion that air pollution is a causal agent in development of COPD," said Dr.