Definition of complication
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 : 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.
Recent Examples of complication from the Web
At present, the flow reversal system is approved only for patients who are at a high risk of complications for undergoing a normal surgical procedure.
Washington died on Feb. 16 of complications from pneumonia.
The cause was complications from strokes, said a brother, David Cummings.
His coach that year was Mike Brown, who has served as acting coach for the Warriors while Steve Kerr is out following complications from back surgery.
And now Manuel Noriega, the former Panamanian leader, has died at 83 following complications from surgery to remove a brain tumor.
Mr. Noriega had been in intensive care since March 7 after complications developed from surgery to remove what his lawyer described as a benign brain tumor.
Lauer, 86, died of complications from leukemia April 30 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said his son, Randy.
Baker died of complications from Parkinson’s on Thursday.
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First Known Use of complication
COMPLICATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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