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adjective com·plex \käm-ˈpleks, kəm-ˈ, ˈkäm-ˌ\

Medical Definition of complex

  1. 1:  having many varied interrelated parts, patterns, or elements and consequently hard to understand <complex behavior> <a complex personality> <complex plants and animals>

  2. 2:  formed by the union of simpler chemical substances <complex proteins>




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noun com·plex \ˈkäm-ˌpleks\

Medical Definition of complex

  1. 1:  a group of repressed memories, desires, and ideas that exert a dominant influence on the personality and behavior <a guilt complex>—see castration complex, electra complex, inferiority complex, oedipus complex, persecution complex, superiority complex

  2. 2:  a group of chromosomes arranged or behaving in a particular way—see gene complex

  3. 3:  a chemical association of two or more species (as ions or molecules) joined usually by weak electrostatic bonds rather than by covalent bonds

  4. 4:  the sum of the factors (as symptoms and lesions) characterizing a disease <primary tuberculous complex>




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transitive verb com·plex \käm-ˈpleks, kəm-ˈ, ˈkäm-ˌ\

Medical Definition of complex

  1. 1:  to form into a complex <RNA complexed with protein>

  2. 2:  chelate

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to form a complex <hormones which must complex with specific receptors>





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