What does complication mean?

Definitions for complication
ˌkɒm plɪˈkeɪ ʃəncom·pli·ca·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complicationnoun

    the act or process of complicating

  2. complicationnoun

    a situation or condition that is complex or confused

    "her coming was a serious complication"

  3. complicationnoun

    any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of (or because of) another disease

    "bed sores are a common complication in cases of paralysis"

  4. complication, ramificationnoun

    a development that complicates a situation

    "the court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications"

  5. complicatedness, complication, knottiness, tortuousnessnoun

    puzzling complexity


  1. complicationnoun

    The act or process of complicating; the state of being complicated; intricate or confused relation of parts; entanglement; complexity.

    Etymology: From complicare.

  2. complicationnoun

    A person who doesn't fit in with the main scheme of things; an interloper; someone you need to placate.

    Etymology: From complicare.

  3. complicationnoun

    A disease or diseases, or adventitious circumstances or conditions, coexistent with and modifying a primary disease, but not necessarily connected with it.

    Etymology: From complicare.

  4. complicationnoun

    A feature beyond basic time display in a timepiece.

    Etymology: From complicare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complicationnoun

    the act or process of complicating; the state of being complicated; intricate or confused relation of parts; entanglement; complexity

    Etymology: [L. compliasion: cf. F. complication.]

  2. Complicationnoun

    a disease or diseases, or adventitious circumstances or conditions, coexistent with and modifying a primary disease, but not necessarily connected with it

    Etymology: [L. compliasion: cf. F. complication.]


  1. Complication

    Complication, in medicine, is an unfavorable evolution of a disease, a health condition or a therapy. The disease can become worse in its severity or show a higher number of signs, symptoms or new pathological changes, become widespread throughout the body or affect other organ systems. A new disease may also appear as a complication to a previous existing disease. A medical treatment, such as drugs or surgery may produce adverse effects and/or produce new health problem by itself. Therefore, a complication may be iatrogenic, i.e., literally brought forth by the physician. Medical knowledge about a disease, procedure or treatment usually entails a list of the most common complications, so that they can be foreseen, prevented or recognized more easily and speedily. Depending on the degree of vulnerability, susceptibility, age, health status, immune system condition, etc. complications may arise more easily. Complications affect adversely the prognosis of a disease. Non-invasive and minimally invasive medical procedures usually favor fewer complications in comparison to invasive ones.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'complication' in Nouns Frequency: #2695

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of complication in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of complication in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of complication in a Sentence

  1. Terry DuBrow:

    I think if you can see the plastic surgery, it is too much, or it’s improperly done or they had a complication, meaning plastic surgery should just look refreshed. It should look natural. You shouldn't be able to tell anyone has had any work done unless you know them for a long time and suddenly they look so much better.

  2. Amberlea Childs:

    Sometimes, surgery is a blessing, and it can help remove cancer and do great things, but it doesn't come cost-free, and it doesn't come complication-free, there is going to be time that's needed to heal and recover, and if you're not willing to give yourself that time, maybe you should weigh that into your decision if it was lumpectomy versus mastectomy, but I think, do the homework. Don't rush into something so quickly. Take the time, get that extra opinion, meet with one more plastic surgeon.

  3. Unknown:

    Any new venture goes through the following stages: enthusiasm, complication, disillusionment, search for the guilty, punishment of the innocent, and decoration of those who did nothing.

  4. Olubukola Nafiu:

    The expectation should be that complication rates and/or mortality among healthy children won't vary based on racial category — what we found is that they do, although these findings are unsurprising, they are still nonetheless terrifying and unacceptable.

  5. Alex Spyropoulos:

    The benefits of any vaccine far outweigh the risks -- period, this complication from the vaccine is excruciatingly rare. Certainly more people are going to be killed by handgun in the United States than by these complications.

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  • تعقيدArabic
  • усложнение, затруднениеBulgarian
  • KomplikationGerman
  • complicationFrench
  • осложнение, усложнение, затруднениеRussian
  • svit, förveckling, komplikationSwedish

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    something (a term or expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else
    • A. reciprocal
    • B. canopy
    • C. ignominy
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