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Pronunciation: kom'pleks


  1. An organized constellation of feelings, thoughts, perceptions, and memories that may be in part unconscious and may strongly influence associations and attitudes.
  2. In jungian psychology, a personification of an archetype from the collective unconscious, residing in the personal unconscious.
  3. chemistry the relatively stable combination of two or more compounds into a larger molecule without covalent binding.
  4. A composite of chemical or immunologic structures.
  5. A structural anatomic entity made up of three or more interrelated parts.
  6. In electroencephalography, a recognizable series of waveforms that typically recur at intervals.
  7. An informal term used to denote a group of individual structures known or believed to be related anatomically, embryologically, or physiologically.

Synonym(s): sequence

[L. complexus, woven together]

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