The word "term" has a lot of meanings. What does it mean in the following context?

The term complication is a nod to high-end watchmaking and refers to a function a watch performs beyond telling the hour and minute.

  • It refers to the word "complication", identifying it as the word being discussed/defined.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 15, 2015 at 18:12
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    I would expect it to be written as "the term complication" or similar (setting off the actual term via formatting) in order to make it clear what term is being referred to.
    – Hellion
    Apr 15, 2015 at 18:15
  • Indeed, that's the proper way to write a sentence like that. But not everyone knows all the formal rules of writing, and this omission is obvious.
    – Barmar
    Apr 15, 2015 at 20:50

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In its most popular sense:

A word or phrase used to describe a thing or to express a concept, especially in a particular kind of language or branch of study,

Your sentence is describing what the word complication means in the given context.

There's no such thing as term complication, in case that was causing the confusion for you

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