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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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complicationcom‧pli‧ca‧tion /ˌkɒmplɪˈkeɪʃən $ ˌkɑːm-/ ●●○ noun  1 [countable, uncountable]COMPLICATED a problem or situation that makes something more difficult to understand or deal with The fact that the plane was late added a further complication to our journey.2 [countable usually plural]MIWORSE medical a medical problem or illness that happens while someone is already ill and makes treatment more difficult Pneumonia is one of the common complications faced by bed-ridden patients.
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complicationPerhaps there was a complication because of some medication she was taking.Legal and financial complications have made it impossible for the two companies to complete the deal on time.The drop in student numbers added further complications to the situation.There remains one further complication, greater than all the rest.Both areas of narrowing were opened and there were no complications, the statement said.She died of complications following surgery.Older women experienced higher rates of complication at delivery overall, regardless of parity.One complication is that the meals also need to be suitable for children of Islamic or Jewish faiths.For teenagers who are unmarried and sexually active, there are other complications.It was somewhat over-elaborate, or, rather, the complications were in the wrong places.These hazards may lead to complications with regard to insurance.
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