Simple Definition of complication
: something that makes something harder to understand, explain, or deal with
medical : a disease or condition that happens in addition to another disease or condition : a problem that makes a disease or condition more dangerous or harder to treat
Full Definition of complication
1 a : complexity, intricacy; especially : a situation or a detail of character complicating the main thread of a plot b : a making difficult, involved, or intricate c : a complex or intricate feature or element d : a difficult factor or issue often appearing unexpectedly and changing existing plans, methods, or attitudes
2 : a secondary disease or condition developing in the course of a primary disease or condition
Examples of complication in a sentence
The negotiations stalled when complications arose.
Pneumonia is a common complication of AIDS.
She experienced complications during her pregnancy.
The patient died of complications from surgery.
First Known Use of complication
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Definition of complication for Students
: something that makes a situation more difficult
Medical Definition of complication
: a secondary disease or condition that develops in the course of a primary disease or condition and arises either as a result of it or from independent causes
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