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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Only later did MRIs reveal micro-tears in my tendons, and that ignoring my pain would lead to larger complications. Kalpana Mohanty, Teen Vogue, "Being Diagnosed With a Chronic Illness Taught Me That Health Isn't a Meritocracy," 5 July 2019 He and had been taken off his medication due to other health complications, which may have affected his behavior Friday night, Galipo said. Washington Post, "Attorney: Man killed at Costco was mentally ill, off meds," 18 June 2019 That rebuilding came after being confined to bedrest for a month and having an emergency C-section due to preeclampsia complications. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Beyoncé’s Documentary Reveals the “Very Valuable Lesson” She Learned During Post-Partum Recovery," 17 Apr. 2019 Due to unforeseen complications and key artist cancellations, we have been forced to reschedule. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "End of the Rainbow, Sasquatch replacement festival, ‘postponed indefinitely’," 25 Mar. 2019 And not long after, it was revealed that she was hospitalized due to Graves' disease complications. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "We Finally Know When Wendy William Is Coming Back to Her Show," 21 Feb. 2019 Due to complications during Aprils emergency c-section. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Photos of "breast-feeding" dad go viral," 3 July 2018 Sakkal is charged with being responsible for the deaths of at least two patients in 2016 due to complications from drug use. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Feds: Hamilton clinic gave pain drugs, 'Prescriptive Speedball' without seeing patients," 28 June 2018 Just a day after being released from the hospital for blood clots in his arms, Travis Barker, the drummer for Blink-182, has reportedly been readmitted due to complications from the clots. Lynsey Eidell, SELF, "Blink-182's Travis Barker Is Back in the Hospital Due to Complications From Blood Clots," 20 June 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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