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complicationnoun

uk   /ˌkɒm.plɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌkɑːm.pləˈkeɪ.ʃən/
C1 [C or U] something that makes a ​situation more ​difficult, or the ​act of doing this: Dave couldn't ​find his ​passport at the ​airport and then there were further complications when Fiona ​lost her ​baggage. If any complications arise, ​let me ​know and I'll ​help.
C2 [C] an ​extramedicalproblem that makes it more ​difficult to ​treat an ​existingillness: If there are no complications, the ​doctor says that she'll be ​able to come ​home within two ​weeks.
(Definition of complication from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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complicationnoun [C]

 us   /ˌkɑm·plɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/
something that makes a ​situation more ​difficult: This complication had not been ​foreseen.
medical A complication is a ​problem that ​develops from an ​existingillness, making ​treatment more ​difficult: He ​died from complications of ​diabetes.
(Definition of complication from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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