|1.||made up of various interconnected parts; composite|
|2.||(of thoughts, writing, etc) intricate or involved|
|a. (of a word) containing at least one bound form|
|b. (of a noun phrase) containing both a lexical noun and an embedded clause, as for example the italicized parts of the following sentence: I didn't know the man who served me|
|c. (of a sentence) formed by subordination of one clause to another|
|4.||maths of or involving one or more complex numbers|
|5.||a whole made up of interconnected or related parts: a building complex|
|6.||psychoanal a group of emotional ideas or impulses that have been banished from the conscious mind but that continue to influence a person's behaviour|
|7.||informal an obsession or excessive fear: he's got a complex about cats|
|8.||Also called: coordination compound a chemical compound in which molecules, groups, or ions are attached to a central metal atom, esp a transition metal atom, by coordinate bonds|
|9.||any chemical compound in which one molecule is linked to another by a coordinate bond|
|[C17: from Latin complexus, from complectī to entwine, from com- together + plectere to braid]|
|usage Complex is sometimes wrongly used where complicated is meant. Complex is properly used to say only that something consists of several parts. It should not be used to say that, because something consists of many parts, it is difficult to understand or analyse|
complex com·plex (kŏm'plěks')
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.
in chemistry, a substance, either an ion or an electrically neutral molecule, formed by the union of simpler substances (as compounds or ions) and held together by forces that are chemical (i.e., dependent on specific properties of particular atomic structures) rather than physical. The formation of complexes has a strong effect on the behaviour of solutions. See also chemical association; coordination compound.
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