complection

[kuh m-plek-shuh n]

noun


Nearby words

  1. complanate,
  2. compleat,
  3. compleat angler, the,
  4. complect,
  5. complected,
  6. complement,
  7. complement binding assay,
  8. complement clause,
  9. complement fixation,
  10. complement fixation test

Origin of complection

by misanalysis; see complected

complexion

or com·plec·tion

[kuh m-plek-shuh n]

noun

the natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face: a clear, smooth, rosy complexion.
appearance; aspect; character: His confession put a different complexion on things.
viewpoint, attitude, or conviction: one's political complexion.
(in old physiology) constitution or nature of body and mind, regarded as the result of certain combined qualities.
Obsolete. nature; disposition; temperament.

Origin of complexion

1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin complexiōn- (stem of complexiō) constitution, temperament, Latin: combination, group, literally, the act of embracing. See complex, -ion

Related formscom·plex·ion·al, adjectivecom·plex·ion·al·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for complection

complexion

noun

the colour and general appearance of a person's skin, esp of the face
aspect, character, or naturethe general complexion of a nation's finances
obsolete
  1. the temperament of a person
  2. the temperature and general appearance of the body
Derived Formscomplexional, adjective

Word Origin for complexion

C14: from medical Latin complexiō one's bodily characteristics, from Latin: a combination, from complectī to embrace; see complex

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Word Origin and History for complection

complexion

n.

mid-14c., "bodily constitution," from Old French complexion, complession "combination of humors," hence "temperament, character, make-up," from Latin complexionem (nominative complexio) "combination" (in Late Latin, "physical constitution"), from complexus (see complex (adj.)). Meaning "appearance of the skin of the face" is first recorded mid-15c. In medieval physiology, the color of the face indicated temperament or health.

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Medicine definitions for complection

complexion

[kəm-plĕkshən]

n.

The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.

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