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Precipitating Factors

"Precipitating Factors" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Factors associated with the definitive onset of a disease, illness, accident, behavioral response, or course of action. Usually one factor is more important or more obviously recognizable than others, if several are involved, and one may often be regarded as "necessary". Examples include exposure to specific disease; amount or level of an infectious organism, drug, or noxious agent, etc.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Precipitating Factors" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Precipitating Factors" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 15 publications over 10 distinct years, with a maximum of 3 publications in 2013
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