Complication definition

kŏmplĭ-kāshən
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(med.) A second disease or abnormal condition occurring during the course of a primary disease.
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The act of complicating.
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(medicine) A secondary disease, an accident, or a negative reaction occurring during the course of an illness and usually aggravating the illness.
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A complicated condition or structure; complex, involved, or confused relationship of parts.
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A secondary disease, an accident, or a negative reaction occurring during the course of an illness and usually aggravating the illness.
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A complicating factor or occurrence as in the plot of a story or in the unfolding of events.
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The definition of a complication is an undesired development that makes something harder or makes something worse.

When you have surgery and a problem develops as a result of the surgery, this is an example of a complication.

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A factor, condition, or element that complicates.
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The act or process of complicating; the state of being complicated; intricate or confused relation of parts; entanglement; complexity.
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A person who doesn't fit in with the main scheme of things; an interloper; someone you need to placate.
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(medicine) A disease or diseases, or adventitious circumstances or conditions, coexistent with and modifying a primary disease, but not necessarily connected with it.
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A feature beyond basic time display in a timepiece.
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The act of complicating, or making involved.
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A confused or intricate relationship of parts.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
complication
Plural:
complications

Origin of complication

  • From Middle French complication.

    From Wiktionary