Definition of complication noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒmplɪˈkeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːmplɪˈkeɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a thing that makes a situation more complicated or difficult The bad weather added a further complication to our journey.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] (medical) a new problem or illness that makes treatment of a previous one more complicated or difficult She developed complications after the surgery. Infertility is one of the complications of this type of radiotherapy.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin complicatio(n-), from Latin complicare ‘fold together’, from com- ‘together’ + plicare ‘to fold’.Extra examples Complications develop if the drug is not used properly. Further complications arose when the newspapers published an interview with the prisoner’s family. Further complications arose when they published an interview with his family. He died from complications related to diabetes. He died of complications from cancer surgery. She developed complications two weeks after the treatment. The presence of an armed gang added a major complication. The treatment carries a high risk of complications. We always try to avoid any unnecessary complications. complication rates from eye surgery complications with her pregnancy. the devastating complications of diabetes
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