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complex US English

Consisting of many different and connected parts

complex US Thesaurus

a complex situation

complex plane US English

An infinite two-dimensional space representing the set of complex numbers, especially one in which Cartesian coordinates represent the real and imaginary parts of the complex numbers

guilt complex US English

An obsession with the idea of having done wrong

Electra complex US English

Old-fashioned term for the Oedipus complex as manifested in young girls

leisure complex US English

A large establishment (or group of establishments) that provides facilities for a wide range of entertainment, exercise, and sport

Oedipus complex US English

(In Freudian theory) the complex of emotions aroused in a young child, typically around the age of four, by an unconscious sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex and a wish to exclude the parent of the same sex. (The term was originally applied to boys, the equivalent in girls being called the Electra complex.)

Oedipus complex New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

child's supposed unconscious sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex

castration complex US English

(In Freudian theory) an unconscious anxiety arising during psychosexual development, represented in males as a fear that the penis will be removed by the father in response to sexual interest in the mother, and in females as a compulsion to demonstrate that they have an adequate symbolic equivalent to the penis, whose absence is blamed on the mother

complex conjugate US English

Each of two complex numbers having their real parts identical and their imaginary parts of equal magnitude but opposite sign

complex sentence US English

A sentence containing a subordinate clause or clauses

AIDS-related complex US English

The symptoms of a person who is infected with HIV but does not necessarily develop the disease

inferiority complex US English

An unrealistic feeling of general inadequacy caused by actual or supposed inferiority in one sphere, sometimes marked by aggressive behavior in compensation

persecution complex US English

An irrational and obsessive feeling or fear that one is the object of collective hostility or ill-treatment on the part of others

pre-Bötzinger complex US English

A structure in the mammalian brain stem that controls respiration

superiority complex US English

An attitude of superiority that conceals actual feelings of inferiority and failure

synaptonemal complex US English

A ladderlike series of parallel threads visible in electron microscopy adjacent to and coaxial with pairing chromosomes in meiosis

military-industrial complex US English

A country’s military establishment and those industries producing arms or other military materials, regarded as a powerful vested interest

compound-complex sentence US English

A sentence having two or more coordinate independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses

major histocompatibility complex US English

A genetic system that allows large proteins in immune system cells to identify compatible or foreign proteins. It allows the matching of potential organ or bone marrow donors with recipients

noncomplex US English

Easy to analyze or understand; simple

vitamin B US English

Any of a group of substances (the vitamin B complex) that are essential for the working of certain enzymes in the body and, although not chemically related, are generally found together in the same foods. They include thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)

complex fraction in compound fraction US English

A fraction in which either the numerator or the denominator, or both, contain one or more fractions. Also called complex fraction

Electra complex in Oedipus complex US English

(In Freudian theory) the complex of emotions aroused in a young child, typically around the age of four, by an unconscious sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex and a wish to exclude the parent of the same sex. (The term was originally applied to boys, the equivalent in girls being called the Electra complex.)

Urnfield complex in urnfield US English

Relating to or denoting a people or culture characterized by burial in an urnfield. The Urnfield complex is equated with the Hallstatt culture and is dated to circa 1200–800 bc

vitamin B complex in vitamin B US English

Any of a group of substances (the vitamin B complex) that are essential for the working of certain enzymes in the body and, although not chemically related, are generally found together in the same foods. They include thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)


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