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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The surgery was planned for the summer of 2004, but there was a complication. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Yastrzemski goes home to Boston remembering his best coach: His dad," 16 Sep. 2019 The two books are related, as were the leaders, and her latest work helps to illuminate the complications and intricacies of post-war civil rights work not yet called the Chicano Movement. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Vicente Ximenes’ life and work are lessons in history and strategy," 14 Sep. 2019 Willie, as her mom calls her, was diagnosed with having a heart aneurysm before she was born and has had six surgeries in her young life, including the amputation of her right leg — a complication of her condition. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "Lurie Children’s Hospital gives free haircuts to sick kids, their parents: ‘A haircut is a little boost of confidence’," 13 Sep. 2019 Brandon Ingram, however, faces an even greater uncertainty after his 2018-19 season ended early due to deep venous thrombosis, a complication from blood clotting with potentially life-changing implications. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 There is a complication that can affect the principal’s coverage: The FDIC sorts the broker’s list against the bank’s depositor database to determine the amount of FDIC coverage. Julie Jason, The Mercury News, "Julie Jason: Is sweep account relationship no longer mutual?," 9 Sep. 2019 Stepmom was about the gift of having to deal with that but with the complications of small children and what mortality does to your ability to forgive and heal. Nigel Smith, PEOPLE.com, "Susan Sarandon Jokes She's 'Only Offered Films Where I'm Either Dying or Helping Someone Die'," 6 Sep. 2019 People who lack that ability—for example, people who have [a common complication of] diabetes or people who have leprosy [Hansen’s disease]—they don’t have sensation in their extremities. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "What Chili Peppers Can Teach Us about Pain," 5 Sep. 2019 By 15, the boy's hearing began failing, and then the vision complications arrived. oregonlive, "Teen blind after eating fries, bread and ham for 7 years," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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