complication

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noun com·pli·ca·tion \ˌkäm-plə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of complication

  1. 1a :  complexity, intricacy; especially :  a situation or a detail of character complicating the main thread of a plotb :  a making difficult, involved, or intricatec :  a complex or intricate feature or elementd :  a difficult factor or issue often appearing unexpectedly and changing existing plans, methods, or attitudes

  2. 2 :  a secondary disease or condition developing in the course of a primary disease or condition

Examples of complication in a Sentence

  1. The negotiations stalled when complications arose.

  2. Pneumonia is a common complication of AIDS.

  3. She experienced complications during her pregnancy.

  4. The patient died of complications from surgery.

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First Known Use of complication

15th century


COMPLICATION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of complication for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COMPLICATION Defined for Kids

complication

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noun com·pli·ca·tion \ˌkäm-plə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of complication for Students

  1. :  something that makes a situation more difficult


Medical Dictionary

complication

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noun com·pli·ca·tion \ˌkäm-plə-ˈkā-shən\

Medical Definition of complication

  1. :  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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