complexing agent

[ kuh m-plek-sing ]
/ kəmˈplɛk sɪŋ /
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noun Chemistry.

See under complex(def 10).

Nearby words

  1. complex precipitated epilepsy,
  2. complex salt,
  3. complex sentence,
  4. complex variable,
  5. complex wave,
  6. complexion,
  7. complexioned,
  8. complexionless,
  9. complexities,
  10. complexity

Origin of complex

1645–55; 1905–10 for def 7; (adj.) < Latin complexus, past participle of complectī, complectere to embrace, encompass, include, equivalent to complect- (see complect) + -tus past participle suffix; (noun) < Late Latin complexus totality, complex (Latin: inclusion, grasping, embrace), equivalent to complect(ere) + -tus suffix of v. action; reanalysis of the Latin v. as “to intertwine (completely)” has influenced sense of the adj.

SYNONYMS FOR complex
ANTONYMS FOR complex
2, 3. simple.

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for complexing agent

complex

/ (ˈkɒmplɛks) /

adjective

noun

Derived Formscomplexly, adverbcomplexness, noun

Word Origin for complex

C17: from Latin complexus, from complectī to entwine, from com- together + plectere to braid

usage

Complex is sometimes wrongly used where complicated is meant. Complex is properly used to say only that something consists of several parts. It should not be used to say that, because something consists of many parts, it is difficult to understand or analyse

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Word Origin and History for complexing agent
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Medicine definitions for complexing agent

complex

[ kŏmplĕks′ ]

n.

adj.


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