causal agent

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A factor associated with the definitive onset of an illness (or other response, including an accident). Examples are bacteria and trauma. The relationship is more direct than in the case of a risk factor; in general, the ill health only occurs if the agent is a precursor.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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