Definition of complication in English:


Syllabification: com·pli·ca·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkämpləˈkāSHən


  • 1A circumstance that complicates something; a difficulty: there is a complication concerning ownership of the site
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    • Without proper cover, difficulties become disasters and complications become crises.
    • He says, however, that the questions about whether the supreme court is going to be a complication are difficult to answer because it's too soon.
    • The process has also been stalled by complications over the ownership of ESB assets.
  • 1.1An involved or confused condition or state: to add further complication, English speakers use a different name
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    • I love complication but then again, that's my life.
    • The fact that we had to walk half a mile through a near frozen pasture to reach the shed where Peanuts had been ensconced with mountains of hay and a trough of fresh water added another layer of complication.
    • Of course, the immediate step is to embrace the sport of complication with academic fervour.
    complexity, complicatedness, intricacy, convolutedness
  • 2 Medicine A secondary disease or condition aggravating an already existing one: she developed complications after the surgery
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    • Of those, 818 have had diabetes at least 10 years and have developed kidney disease, a common complication of diabetes.
    • What are the common symptoms and complications of diverticular disease?
    • Myocarditis may develop as a complication of an infectious disease, usually caused by a virus.


late Middle English: from late Latin complicatio(n-), from Latin complicare 'fold together' (see complicate).

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