complication

[kom-pli-key-shuhn]
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:
1605–15; < Late Latin complicātīon- (stem of complicātiō), equivalent to complicāt(us) (see complicate) + -īon- -ion

complicative, adjective
precomplication, noun
recomplication, noun


4. drawback, handicap, obstacle.
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complication (ˌkɒmplɪˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
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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complication
1611, from M.Fr. complication, from L. complicationem, from complicare "to fold together," from com- "together" + plicare "to fold, weave" (see ply (v.)). Meaning "something that complicates" first recorded 1903.
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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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