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complication

[kom-pli-key-shuh n] /ˌkɒm plɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of complicating.
2.
a complicated or involved state or condition.
3.
a complex combination of elements or things.
4.
something that introduces, usually unexpectedly, some difficulty, problem, change, etc.:
Because of the complications involved in traveling during the strike, we decided to postpone our trip.
5.
Pathology. a concurrent disease, accident, or adverse reaction that aggravates the original disease.
6.
the act of forming a unified idea or impression from a number of sense data, memories, etc.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin complicātīon- (stem of complicātiō), equivalent to complicāt(us) (see complicate) + -īon- -ion
Related forms
complicative, adjective
precomplication, noun
recomplication, noun
Synonyms
4. drawback, handicap, obstacle.
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  • The cause was a pulmonary embolism as a complication of lung cancer, his family said.
  • The increase in the strength and frequency of hurricanes is a complication of the greenhouse effect.
  • One has to applaud the genius of a city that provides not only a complication but its resolution.
  • Lotus says paddle shifters add dead weight and needless complication.
  • The inadequate accounts of non-profits have proved a big complication.
  • For the past six weeks he had been suffering from a complication of diseases.
  • Language is often an added complication in going abroad.
  • Almost anything else strikes me as a needless complication of that process.
  • He had been ill for a long while of a complication of diseases.
  • Of course, the other complication of talking about the hipster generally is that the distinctions between mutations get lost.
British Dictionary definitions for complication

complication

/ˌkɒmplɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
a condition, event, etc, that is complex or confused
2.
the act or process of complicating
3.
a situation, event, or condition that complicates or frustrates: her coming was a serious complication
4.
a disease or disorder arising as a consequence of another disease
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Word Origin and History for complication
n.

early 15c., from Middle French complication, from Latin complicationem (nominative complicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of complicare "to fold together, fold up, roll up," from com- "together" (see com-) + plicare "to fold, weave" (see ply (v.1)). Meaning "something that complicates" first recorded 1903.

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complication in Medicine

complication com·pli·ca·tion (kŏm'plĭ-kā'shən)
n.
A pathological process or event occurring during a disease that is not an essential part of the disease; it may result from the disease or from independent causes.

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