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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In this practice, it's believed that complications in this flow of energy are what cause illness or pain. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Exactly Is Facial Acupuncture — And Why You Should Try It," 6 Feb. 2019 Alexis Olympia was born on September 1 last year via an emergency C-section, but complications in the surgery nearly resulted in Serena’s death. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Why Serena Williams Won't Be Celebrating Her Daughter's First Birthday," 29 Aug. 2018 Serious complications in the outbreak included one person developing pneumonia and a pregnant woman suffering a miscarriage. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vaccine-refusing community drove outbreak that cost $395K, sickened babies," 30 July 2018 Kabila's mandate ran out in late 2016 but his government has repeatedly put off the vote, blaming complications in organizing it. Daniela Berretta, Fox News, "AP Interview: Congo's Bemba prepares to challenge Kabila," 28 July 2018 The change in plans is the latest complication in the relationship between the United States and India, the world’s two largest democracies, which have been trying — so far unsuccessfully — to open a new chapter in their ties. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "Mike Pompeo was supposed to meet with his Indian counterpart. He went to North Korea instead.," 6 July 2018 Deciding what to do about this new complication in her life — her decision could literally mean life-or-death — while also contemplating abiding by her husband’s wishes form as a major plot point in the novel. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "Movie inspires RB man to write novel about Japan," 7 June 2018 The complications in ushering in sports betting are rooted in the twists and turns of the legalization effort in New Jersey. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "A Sports Gambling Ban Was Overturned, but Can You Bet on Tonight’s Game?," 14 May 2018 Austin died in late 1836 at the age of 43 from pneumonia complications in what is now present-day West Columbia. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "One of the most rare early maps of Texas debuts at Texas A&M," 19 Apr. 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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