What does complication mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complication(noun)

    the act or process of complicating

  2. complication(noun)

    a situation or condition that is complex or confused

    "her coming was a serious complication"

  3. complication(noun)

    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, ramification(noun)

    a development that complicates a situation

    "the court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications"

  5. complicatedness, complication, knottiness, tortuousness(noun)

    puzzling complexity

Wiktionary

  1. complication(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From complicare.

  2. complication(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From complicare.

  3. complication(Noun)

    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. complication(Noun)

    A feature beyond basic time display in a timepiece.

    Etymology: From complicare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complication(noun)

    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. Complication(noun)

    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.]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Larry Rand:

    On the flip side, in terms of predicting( medically) indicated preterm birth, what you're really predicting is the likelihood that mom or baby will develop a complication like preeclampsia or growth restriction that may require ending the pregnancy early in order to keep mom and baby safe.

  2. Trevor Hollingsbee:

    It introduces a potential vulnerability where they was none before - it is a sudden new complication in an arena that China was dominating.

  3. Wanda Barfield:

    The successes of modern technology can only go so far. There is still high burden of premature birth, they're not just small babies; their entire organ systems are immature (and) until they are full-term they run risks of complication.

  4. Tom Lue:

    Surgery is a last resort, penile implants are much more invasive and have a higher rate of complication, especially for patients with underlying conditions like obesity and high blood pressure.

  5. Petro Poroshenko:

    Due to the complication of the situation, the President decided to shorten his visit to Switzerland and ... return to Ukraine on (Wednesday).

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Translations for complication

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

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