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a factor that establishes the nature of an entity or event.
antigenic determinant a site on the surface of an antigen molecule to which a single antibody molecule binds; generally an antigen has several or many different antigenic determinants and reacts with many different antibodies. Called also epitope.
 Antigens contain antigenic determinants (epitopes) and antibodies contain antibody combining sites (paratopes). From Copstead and Banasik, 2000.
hidden determinant an antigenic determinant located in an unexposed region of a molecule so that it is prevented from interacting with receptors on lymphocytes, or with antibody molecules, and is unable to induce an immune response; it may appear following stereochemical alterations of molecular structure.
immunogenic determinant the part of an immunogenic molecule that interacts with a helper T cell in triggering antibody production as opposed to the antigenic determinant or hapten, which interacts with B cells.
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The factor that contributes to the generation of a trait.
[L. determans, determining, limiting]
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Immunology An epitope.
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Epidemiology A factor, event, characteristic, or other definable entity that brings about change in a health condition, or in other defined characteristics
Immunology See Antibody determinant
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Epidemiology A factor, event, characteristic, or other definable entity that brings about change in a health condition, or in other defined characteristics Immunology Antibody determinants. See Antigenic determinant, Public idiotype determinant.
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The factor that contributes to the generation of a trait.
[L. determans, determining, limiting]
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Patient discussion about determinant

Q. Is it effective to determine the problem? How is the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy done and is it effective to determine the problem?

A. actually it will come with three common symptoms such as : positive pregnancy, abdominal pain or cramp, and bleeding. if you're happened to feel one of those symptoms, i'll suggest you to go see your ob-gyn specialist, then the doctor will do the physical examination on you, and will confirm the diagnosis with ultrasound.

Q. In which month of pregnancy it's possible to determine gender of the fetus?

A. following marin's question - is there a difference when it comes to twins?

Q. how do i determine what is the right weight i need to be? i know there is a way to calculate it, an equation , what are the parameters in it ?

A. I don't mean to burst any bubbles, but BMI is definitely not a good way to determine what weight you should be. If you considered that a body builder or a professional athlete is considered obese under BMI standards then you would know what I mean. Here is an article about it I found on Medical News Today:

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The studies of Nishat and Anjum (1998), Ghura and Goodwin (2000) emphasize the social determinants of FDI and conclude that investment in human capital and the extent of urbanization have proved to be positive and significant determinants of FDI.
We categorize various location determinants under two broad categories.
Physicians as leaders must guide interprofessional teams to formulate probing questions that seek answers to understanding the social determinants of health, such as, "Who can assist the patient at this point?" and "How can these family members and care providers be brought into the hospital-based educational program now and better assist the patient at home given the identified social-environmental factors?"
We Need Policy Changes that Target Social Determinants of Health
Mouna and Reza found that real exchange rate and export diversification are the significant determinants of export in Tunisia and Morocco, whereas insignificant determinants of exports in Algeria.18
In the Indian context, determinants of capital structure were well documented by Chakraborty (1977) by studying determinants like age, profitability, retained earnings and capital intensity, which shows negative, whereas total assets have shown positive relation with the debt-equity ratio which was the dependent variable.
According to Fields, the technology solutions that are most beneficial for social determinants of health work include predictive analytics, network registries of community-based organizations, and referral platforms as part of care management solutions.
There is a relatively strong scientific evidence base for these downstream determinants of health, and there is strong previous experience in Finland in evaluating the health impacts of alcohol and tobacco policies.
The conference will address sub-topics such as social determinants of women's health, functional health and well-being in midlife and older women, prevention and early intervention initiatives for women's health and optimising care in the clinical setting.
NZNO president Grant Brookes, a mental health nurse who last year studied youth suicide prevention, said it was a "hallelujah moment" to see a focus on the role of social and economic determinants, such as income inequality, housing and workplace relations, in mental health.
Dale, Determinants and Their Application in Mathematical Physics, Springer, New York, NY, USA, 1999.
Due to its constant increase, investigation of the determinants of health expenditure has become one of the major issues for health policy makers and planners.7 Numerous studies aimed at identifying these determinants have been carried out.