- The definition of complex is complicated or made up of many parts.
- An example of complex is a math problem requiring many steps to solve.
- An example of complex is the design of a spider web.
- A complex is defined as a group of related buildings or housing units.
An example of complex is a series of apartment buildings.
- consisting of two or more related parts
- not simple; involved or complicated
Origin: ; from Classical Latin complexus, past participle of complecti, to encircle, embrace ; from com-, with plush plectere, to weave: see flax
- a group of interrelated ideas, activities, etc. that form, or are viewed as forming, a single whole
- an assemblage of units, as buildings or roadways, that together form a single, comprehensive group
- an integration of impulses, ideas, and emotions related to a particular object, activity, etc., largely unconscious, but strongly influencing the individual's attitudes and behavior
- popularly an exaggerated dislike or fear
- complexly adverb
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- a. Consisting of interconnected or interwoven parts; composite.b. Composed of two or more units: a complex carbohydrate.
- Involved or intricate, as in structure; complicated.
- Grammar a. Consisting of at least one bound form. Used of a word.b. Consisting of an independent clause and at least one other independent or dependent clause. Used of a sentence.
- A whole composed of interconnected or interwoven parts: a complex of cities and suburbs; the military-industrial complex.
- In psychology, a group of related, often repressed ideas and impulses that compel characteristic or habitual patterns of thought, feelings, and behavior. No longer in scientific use.
- An exaggerated or obsessive concern or fear.
- Medicine The combination of factors, symptoms, or signs of a disease or disorder that forms a syndrome.
Origin: Latin complexus, past participle of complectī, to entwine; see complect.
- com·plexˈly adverb
- com·plexˈness noun
complex - Medical Definition
- A group of related, often repressed memories, thoughts, and impulses that compel characteristic or habitual patterns of feelings, thought, and behavior.
- The relatively stable combination of two or more ions or compounds into a larger structure without covalent binding.
- A composite of chemical or immunological structures.
- An entity made up of three or more interrelated components.
- A group of individual structures known or believed to be anatomically, embryologically, or physiologically related.
- The combination of factors, symptoms, or signs that forms a syndrome.
- Consisting of interconnected or interwoven parts; composite.
- Composed of two or more units.
- Relating to a group of individual structures known or considered to be anatomically, embryologically, or physiologically related.