1 a person or thing that completes something
2 one of two parts that make up a whole or complete each other
3 a complete amount, number, etc. (often in the phrase full complement)
4 the officers and crew needed to man a ship
a a noun phrase that follows a copula or similar verb, as for example an idiot in the sentence He is an idiot
b a clause that serves as the subject or direct object of a verb or the direct object of a preposition, as for example that he would be early in the sentence I hoped that he would be early
6 (Maths) the angle that when added to a specified angle produces a right angle
7 (Logic, maths) the class of all things, or of all members of a given universe of discourse, that are not members of a given set
8 (Music) the inverted form of an interval that, when added to the interval, completes the octave
the sixth is the complement of the third
9 (Immunol) a group of proteins in the blood serum that, when activated by antibodies, causes destruction of alien cells, such as bacteria
10 tr to add to, make complete, or form a complement to (C14: from Latin complementum, from complere to fill up, from com- (intensive) + plere to fill) Avoid confusion with compliment
complement fixation test
n (Med) a serological test for detecting the presence of a specific antibody or antigen, used in the diagnosis of syphilis, etc.
Dictionnaire anglais Collins English definition-Thesaurus
1 companion, completion, consummation, correlative, counterpart, finishing touch, rounding-off, supplement
2 aggregate, capacity, entirety, quota, total, totality, wholeness
3 cap (informal) complete, crown, round off, set off
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