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.
- com·pli·ca·tive, adjective
- pre·com·pli·ca·tion, noun
- re·com·pli·ca·tion, noun
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How to use complication in a sentence
Abe Shinzo, Japan’s longest-serving and most consequential prime minister in decades, has resigned from his post over health complications.Abe Shinzo, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, steps down over health concerns | Alex Ward | August 28, 2020 | Vox
Now the University of Washington Medical Center was citing multiple requests from hospitalists for training in bedside cardiac ultrasound so that they could monitor their covid-19 patients for heart failure, a dangerous complication.Training clinicians to spot heart failure in covid-19 patients | Tate Ryan-Mosley | August 19, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Initial research suggests that women who have Covid-19 at the time of delivery may experience complications, and that fetuses, too, might be at risk of complications even after delivery.The data on Covid-19 and pregnancy is woefully incomplete | Annalisa Merelli | August 6, 2020 | Quartz
As it’s become clear that excessive clotting can be a complication of a serious coronavirus infection, there’s been debate over how best to manage the blockages.Preventing dangerous blood clots from COVID-19 is proving tricky | Aimee Cunningham | June 23, 2020 | Science News
It is serious and can cause fatal complications, according to the Mayo Clinic.Olympian Allyson Felix Breaks Usain Bolt's Record—10 Months After Emergency C-Section | Health | October 3, 2019 | Health
The next complication is the lack of scientific and religious clarity over how to define when life begins.
My major complication rate doing late abortions is 0.6 percent.‘After Tiller’ Profiles Last Four U.S. Doctors Who Do Late-Term Abortions | Marlow Stern | July 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The main complication for sellers comes if they need to convert stamps back into cash.With Cigarettes Banned In Most Prisons, Gangs Shift From Drugs To Smokes | Seth Ferranti | June 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Fewer than 0.3 percent of women undergoing legal abortion procedures sustain a serious complication.Planned Parenthood on the Real Lessons of the Kermit Gosnell Case | Dayle Steinberg, Eric Ferrero | May 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Government policy, especially foreign policy, is rife with nuance and complication.
"It's always the way with them," sighed Miss Grains, who suffered from a complication of romantic tendency and very tight stays.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
It reappears during a relapse, and thus helps to distinguish between a relapse and a complication, in which it does not reappear.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The complication of business has led to the adoption of another principle in managing corporations.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
This it brings about in a very simple manner, though the details of the process have a certain complication.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
He fathomed every complication of heart and mind in the modern woman by an intuition of the laws which control her development.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
British Dictionary definitions for complication
a condition, event, etc, that is complex or confused
the act or process of complicating
a situation, event, or condition that complicates or frustrates: her coming was a serious complication
a disease or disorder arising as a consequence of another disease
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