complication

[ kom-pli-key-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒm plɪˈkeɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of complicating.
a complicated or involved state or condition.
a complex combination of elements or things.
something that introduces, usually unexpectedly, some difficulty, problem, change, etc.: Because of the complications involved in traveling during the strike, we decided to postpone our trip.
Pathology. a concurrent disease, accident, or adverse reaction that aggravates the original disease.
the act of forming a unified idea or impression from a number of sense data, memories, etc.

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Origin of complication

1605–15; <Late Latin complicātīon- (stem of complicātiō), equivalent to complicāt(us) (see complicate) + -īon--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM complication

com·pli·ca·tive, adjectivepre·com·pli·ca·tion, nounre·com·pli·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for complication

complication
/ (ˌkɒmplɪˈkeɪʃən) /

noun

a condition, event, etc, that is complex or confused
the act or process of complicating
a situation, event, or condition that complicates or frustratesher coming was a serious complication
a disease or disorder arising as a consequence of another disease
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Medical definitions for complication

complication
[ kŏm′plĭ-kāshən ]

n.

A pathological process or event occurring during a disease that is not an essential part of the disease; it may result from the disease or from independent causes.
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