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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The causal agent of corn smut disease, Ustilago maydis, Is one of the best-established model organisms for fungal genetics.
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Although this is a fast moving area it is important to provide an update on the dissemination of ZIKV infection, and on the accumulating evidences on its role as a causal agent of fetal malformations, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and other health problems associated with ZIKV outbreak.
Therefore, it is important to identify the causal agent of bacterial wilt in banana in view that both pathogens were being reported in Malaysia.
9 (upper respiratory infection), the codes expand to specify the area of infection and causal agent, such as J02.
For others, it corresponds to harm that an organism undergoes and that is characterized by two conditions: the harm occurs rapidly and appears suddenly, and the causal agent is energy that interacts with the body (5).
It was identified as the causal agent through DNA sequencing and laboratory screening.
PM Modi, to his credit, has cast himself as an active, game- changing causal agent determined to bring about positive reforms.