complication

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

Definition of complication

  1. 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. 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.

15th Century

First Known Use of complication

15th century


COMPLICATION Defined for English Language Learners

complication

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

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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