complication

noun
com·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkäm-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce complication (audio) \

Definition of complication

1a : 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

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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.
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Meanwhile, Wendy continues to recover from a shoulder fracture and is currently seeking extensive treatment for complications related to Graves' disease. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'The Wendy Williams Show' Replaced Wendy With Nick Cannon While She Recovers," 30 Jan. 2019 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older people, young children, pregnant women, and people with long-term health conditions are at greater risk for flu complications. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The 2019 Flu Season May Be as Deadly as 2018's — Here's How to Prepare Yourself," 3 Oct. 2018 NetflixThe Bleeding Edge Once billed as the only permanent contraceptive device on the market, Essure has since become a buzzword for unexpected complications. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Netflix's 'The Bleeding Edge' Isn't Even Out Yet and Essure Has Already Been Pulled," 23 July 2018 This feature is also included in the watchOS 5.1.2 update, along with new complications for the Infograph watch face, Walkie-Talkie availability management in the Control Center, bug fixes, and more. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple’s anticipated ECG app rolls out today in watchOS 5.1.2," 6 Dec. 2018 What no one can deny is that even miracles come with complications. Kim Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Frontier of Fertility Tests—for Young Women," 1 Nov. 2018 But given that Thailand’s rainy season can last until October, that plan could take months with complications coming up with rising water levels. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Thai soccer team rescue might need to happen sooner than expected, experts warn," 2 Oct. 2018 The birth was riddled with complications, including an emergency C-section, a pulmonary embolism, and ruptured C-section wounds due to the embolism. refinery29.com, "Serena Williams Walks Away From Wimbledon With A Glow-Up," 14 July 2018 Another Indian health care provider, Aravind Eye Care System, has given free or highly subsidized eye surgery to roughly 3 million people, or more than half of its surgical patients, with few surgical complications. Vijay Govindarajan, STAT, "What India can teach the U.S. about driving down the cost of health care," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of complication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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complication

noun

English Language Learners 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

complication

noun
com·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkäm-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce complication (audio) \

Kids Definition of complication

: something that makes a situation more difficult

complication

noun
com·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkäm-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce complication (audio) \

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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