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complexion

 [kom-plek´shun]
the color and appearance of the skin of the face.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

com·plex·ion

(kom-plek'shŭn),
The color, texture, and general appearance of the skin of the face.
[L. complexio, a combination, (later) physical condition]
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complexion

(kəm-plĕk′shən)
n.
1. The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.
2. General character, aspect, or appearance: findings that will alter the complexion of the problem.
3. A viewpoint, inclination, or attitude: a conservative political complexion.
4. The combination of the four humors of cold, heat, moistness, and dryness in specific proportions, thought in ancient and medieval physiology to control the temperament and the constitution of the body.

com·plex′ion·al adj.
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complexion

Physical examination The color/appearance of the facial skin, which may be described as pale, flushed–transiently reddish, ruddy–reddish over a prolonged period. See Muddy complexion.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

com·plex·ion

(kŏm-plek'shŭn)
The color, texture, and general appearance of the skin of the face.
[L. complexio, a combination, (later) physical condition]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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The poor woman continued to move forward, but with a slowness of pace that indicated extreme weakness; and, as she approached and raised her head, she exhibited a countenance so wretched, and a complection so sickly, that Cecilia was impressed with horror at the sight.
Or, ~The purenes of her white and red Complection, [vertical bar] As Iat the strawe, perforce doth draw my sences' (631-2).
These eighteenth-century ladies are wearing colors: "I am informed that this Fashion spreads daily, insomuch that the Whig and Tory Ladies begin already to hang out different Colours, and to shew their Principles in their Head-dress." Addison dismisses this report, as well as his friend Will Honeycomb's notion that the caps signify the variously colored moods of the women wearing them: "For my own part, I impute this diversity of Colours in the Hoods to the diversity of Complection in the Faces of my pretty Country Women." Addison simply refuses to recognize either the public or personal uses that women have made of their fashionable caps.
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In the features of her father she was proud to discern the exact moulds in which her own appeared to have been modelled; yet Matilda's person, shape, and complection were so extremely like what her mother's once were, that at the first glance she appeared to have a still greater resemblance of her, than of her father-but her mind and manners were all Lord Elmwood's; softened by the delicacy of her sex, the extreme tenderness of her heart, and the melancholy of her situation.