Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of complicating.
  • n. A confused or intricate relationship of parts.
  • n. A factor, condition, or element that complicates.
  • n. Medicine A secondary disease, an accident, or a negative reaction occurring during the course of an illness and usually aggravating the illness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of complicating; the state of being complicated; intricate or confused relation of parts; entanglement; complexity.
  • n. A person who doesn't fit in with the main scheme of things; an interloper; someone you need to placate.
  • n. A disease or diseases, or adventitious circumstances or conditions, coexistent with and modifying a primary disease, but not necessarily connected with it.
  • n. A feature beyond basic time display in a timepiece.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of complicating; the state of being complicated; intricate or confused relation of parts; entanglement; complexity.
  • n. A disease or diseases, or adventitious circumstances or conditions, coexistent with and modifying a primary disease, but not necessarily connected with it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A complex combination or intricate intermingling of things, parts, elements, etc.; especially, a perplexing or incongruous intermixture or combination; a confused complex or complexity: as, a complication of knots in a rope; a complication of ideas, diseases, or misfortunes; the complication of one's affairs with those of another.
  • n. That which renders complex, involved, or intricate; that which causes difficulty, entanglement, or interference; an involved and troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs.
  • n. An entwining or infolding; an embrace.
  • n. In entomology, the manner in which an insect folds its wings when at rest.
  • n. In biology, a process the reverse of growth or development, by which the heterogeneous tends toward homogeneity.
  • n. In psychology, the simultaneous association of perceptions or ideas of different senses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. puzzling complexity
  • n. a situation or condition that is complex or confused
  • n. any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of (or because of) another disease
  • n. the act or process of complicating
  • n. a development that complicates a situation

Etymologies

From Latin complicare. (Wiktionary)

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