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Factor

A financial institution that buys a firm's accounts receivable and collects the accounts.

Factor

A third party that buys a firm's accounts receivable. If a firm is not confident in its ability to collect on its credit sales, it may sell the right to receive payment to the factor at a discount. The factor then assumes the credit risk associated with the accounts receivable. This provides the firm immediate access to working capital, which is important, especially if the firm has a cash flow problem. The price of factoring is determined by the creditworthiness of the firm's customer, not of the firm itself. It is also known as accounts receivable financing.

factor

A firm that purchases accounts receivable from another firm at a discount. The purchasing firm then attempts to collect the receivables.

factor

To sell accounts receivable to another party at a discount from face value. Thus, a firm in need of cash to pay down short-term debt may decide to factor its accounts receivable to another firm.

factor

  1. a firm that purchases TRADE DEBTS from client firms. See FACTORING.
  2. a firm that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. an input (for example raw material, labour, capital) which is used to produce a good or provide a service.

factor

  1. 1a FACTOR INPUT that is used in production (see NATURAL RESOURCES, LABOUR, CAPITAL).
  2. a business that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. a business that buys trade debts from client firms (at some agreed price below the nominal value of the debts) and then arranges to recover them for itself. See FACTOR MARKET, FACTORING.
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Tubal factors in infertility (Laproscopic study of 679 cases of infertility) J.
trachomatis is one of the leading global causes of tubal factor infertility (4), and leading causes of female factor infertility.
Patients and samples: We recruited 51 women with tubal factor infertility, confirmed by laparoscopy and hysterosalpingography, attending Avicenna Infertility clinic in Tehran, Iran between January 2010 and January 2011.
About 10% to 20% of female infertility is associated with tubal factor infertility.
DISCUSSION: We have taken up 53 patients of infertility (primary and secondary) between 20 to 32 years of age and evaluated for possible endometrial and tubal factors by doing HSG & SSG.
WASHINGTON -- Ovulatory dysfunction is the leading cause of infertility in white women, while tubal factors are most likely to blame in blacks.
Table 4: Tubal Factors on laparoscopy (n=96) Tubal patency laparoscopy % Both tubes patent 78 82.
Extra tubal factors on the baseline transvaginal scan--polycystic ovaries--were found in 11% of the cases.
Tubal factors are involved in 25-40% of infertile couples (3).