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View in Spanish: Factor agravante

Aggravating factor (A-gruh-VAY-ting FAK-ter)
Something that makes a condition worse. For example, tobacco smoke is an aggravating factor for asthma.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.