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com·pli·ca·tion

 (kŏm′plĭ-kā′shən)
n.
1. The act of complicating.
2. A confused or intricate relationship of parts.
3. A factor, condition, or element that complicates.
4. Medicine A secondary disease, an accident, or a negative reaction occurring during the course of an illness and usually aggravating the illness.
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complication

(ˌkɒmplɪˈkeɪʃən)
n
1. a condition, event, etc, that is complex or confused
2. the act or process of complicating
3. a situation, event, or condition that complicates or frustrates: her coming was a serious complication.
4. (Pathology) a disease or disorder arising as a consequence of another disease
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com•pli•ca•tion

(ˌkɒm plɪˈkeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of complicating.
2. a complicated or involved state or condition.
3. a complex combination of elements or things.
4. something that introduces, usu. unexpectedly, a difficulty, problem, change, etc.
5. a concurrent disease, accident, or adverse reaction that aggravates the original disease.
[1605–15; < Late Latin]
com′pli•ca`tive, adj.
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Complication

 

can of worms A situation or specific problem which threatens to cause trouble and have unresolvable complications for all concerned; a sore spot; a sensitive topic better left unexplored. A can of worms might pass for an acceptable product before it is opened. However, to open a can of worms means to instigate trouble, to broach a subject or do something questionable which has uncontrollable, complex, and negative repercussions.

Pandora’s box A source of afflictions and complications which plague one without warning; a loaded situation; something which appears in a positive light but is negative in effect. In Greek mythology, Pandora, the first woman, was showered with gifts from the gods, among them a magnificent box presented her by Zeus which she was told never to open. Disobeying the gods, she opened it, and unwittingly allowed all of the human ills contained within to escape. Only Hope remained. The term appeared as early as the mid-16th century.

I cannot liken our affection better than … to Pandora’s box, lift up the lid, out flies the Devil; shut it up fast, it cannot hurt us. (Stephen Gosson, The School of Abuse, 1579)

red tape Excessive formality and petty routine, preventing expeditious disposal of important matters. The term derives from the literal red tape with which official and legal documents were formerly bound and sealed. Though its use has proliferated along with the proliferation of bureaucracy and departmentalization, its current figurative meaning is by no means recent:

All the morning at the customhouse, plagued with red tape. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Life, 1869)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.complication - the act or process of complicating
interference, hinderance, hindrance - the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding
2.complication - a situation or condition that is complex or confused; "her coming was a serious complication"
situation, state of affairs - the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time; "the present international situation is dangerous"; "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about"; "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt
3.complication - any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of (or because of) another disease; "bed sores are a common complication in cases of paralysis"
4.complication - a development that complicates a situation; "the court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications"
development - a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; "recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting development!"
5.complication - puzzling complexity
complexity, complexness - the quality of being intricate and compounded; "he enjoyed the complexity of modern computers"
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complication

noun
1. problem, difficulty, obstacle, drawback, snag, uphill (S. African), stumbling block, aggravation The age difference was a complication to the relationship.
2. complexity, combination, mixture, web, confusion, intricacy, entanglement His poetry was characterised by a complication of imagery and ideas.
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complication

noun
Something complex:
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Translations
تَعْقِيدتَعْقيد، شَيءٌ مُعَقَّدتَعْقيدات، صُعوبات
komplikace
komplikationindviklethed
hankaluus
komplikacija
szövõdmény
aukakvilli
複雑な要因
골칫거리
komplikácia
težavazaplet
komplikation
การทำให้ยุ่งยาก
sự phức tạp

complication

[ˌkɒmplɪˈkeɪʃən] Ncomplicación f
it seems there are complicationsparece que han surgido complicaciones or dificultades
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complication

[ˌkɒmplɪˈkeɪʃən] n
(= problem) (gen)complication f
(medical)complication f
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complication

nKomplikation f; (= complicated nature)Kompliziertheit f
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complication

[ˌkɒmplɪˈkeɪʃn] ncomplicazione f
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complicate

(ˈkomplikeit) verb
to make difficult. His illness will complicate matters.
ˈcomplicated adjective
(negative uncomplicated) difficult to understand. complicated instructions.
ˌcompliˈcation noun
1. something making a situation etc more difficult. Taking the dog with us on holiday will be an added complication.
2. a development (in an illness etc) which makes things worse.
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complication

تَعْقِيد komplikace komplikation Komplikation περιπλοκή complicación hankaluus complication komplikacija complicazione 複雑な要因 골칫거리 complicatie forvikling powikłanie complicação затруднение komplikation การทำให้ยุ่งยาก zorluk sự phức tạp 复杂化
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com·pli·ca·tion

n. complicación.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

complication

n complicación f
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