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1 the act or process of complicating
2 a situation or condition that is complex or confused; "her coming was a serious complication"
3 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 a development that complicates a situation; "the court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications" [syn: ramification]
5 puzzling complexity [syn: complicatedness, knottiness]

User Contributed Dictionary



From complicare.



  1. The act or process of complicating; the state of being complicated; intricate or confused relation of parts; entanglement; complexity.
  2. A person who doesn't fit in with the main scheme of things; an interloper; someone you need to placate.
  3. A disease or diseases, or adventitious circumstances or conditions, coexistent with and modifying a primary disease, but not necessarily connected with it.
  4. A feature beyond basic time display in a timepiece.


act of complicating
a disease


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From complicatio.


Extensive Definition

Several fields refer to complications:
  • Complication (medicine) - an infrequent and unfavorable evolution of a disease, a health condition or a medical treatment
  • Complication (horology) - a special feature in a mechanical clock that causes the design of the movement to become more complicated
  • "Complication", the seventh track off of the second disc of the double album release The Fragile by industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails.
complication in French: Complication
complication in Dutch: Complicatie
complication in Serbo-Croatian: Komplikacija

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