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 Q fever, Coxiella burnetii has been identified as an agent of concern due to its low infectious dose, the ability of the organism to survive for long periods in the environment and cause significant outbreaks in both humans and animals.
Visceral leishmaniasis is also called kala-azar, a Hindi term meaning "black fever." The causal agent, Leishmania donovani, was also named for physician Charles Donovan, who discovered the agent in India in 1903.
'Examination of the symptoms by our MSc student Ahmed al Fahdi, proved infection of the trees by the Asian strain of causal agent of citrus greening disease, a bacterium called Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus.'
Unfortunately, the causal agent has not been established but it is known to cause the blood to clot within the blood vessels, which damages the lining and the delicate tissues of the kidneys.
She starts her discussion of each disease with a short list of facts (causal agent, transmission method, symptoms, incidence and death, prevalence, prevention, treatment and current strategies) before describing the origins, important historical outbreaks, epidemics/pandemics, modern or contemporary experiences, and the public health message.
(12) Considering that few cases were reported in response to topical povidone, the NMR would then be the causal agent. (13)
kingae has become the causal agent of OAI in children younger than 4 years, yielding a lower C-reactive protein (CRP) level than other agents and it is also probably a less severe infections (3, 4).
Moreover, sealed windows provide physical barriers, while bandaging and care of wounds, and attention to the hygiene of the patients can diminish the risk of attracting of the causal agent.
And, he rapidly points out; an essential factor often unnoticed by mishap or design as political individuals commence a drive toward election; schools are important, nonetheless, schools are but one causal agent in a child's development.
Another species that can affect human behavior is the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii, the causal agent of Toxoplasmosis.
For instance, Enterobacter cloacae causes ginger rhizome rot [6], while Erwinia chrysanthemi is the causal agent of ginger soft rot [7].