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dysfunction

[dis-fuhngk-shuh n] /dɪsˈfʌŋk ʃən/
noun
1.
Medicine/Medical. malfunctioning, as of an organ or structure of the body.
2.
any malfunctioning part or element:
the dysfunctions of the country's economy.
3.
Sociology. a consequence of a social practice or behavior pattern that undermines the stability of a social system.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; dys- + function
Related forms
dysfunctional, adjective
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  • Radial nerve dysfunction is a problem with the radial nerve.
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  • Some third effect could be triggering both the symptoms of autism and the mitochondrial dysfunction.
  • These findings lend credence to the concept that serotonin dysfunction plays a role in the disorder.
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  • It was interesting how you tied the characteristics of a small town to the dysfunction of your family.
  • Direct democracy in this form contributes to dysfunction.
  • Meanwhile, dysfunction of the mirror neuron system has been linked to developmental disorders, such as autism.
  • Cancer may also be in part a disease of telomere dysfunction.
  • It is true that there is some measure of disaffection and even dysfunction.
British Dictionary definitions for dysfunction

dysfunction

/dɪsˈfʌŋkʃən/
noun
1.
(med) any disturbance or abnormality in the function of an organ or part
2.
(esp of a family) failure to show the characteristics or fulfil the purposes accepted as normal or beneficial
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Word Origin and History for dysfunction
n.

1916, from dys- "bad, abnormal, difficult" + function (n.).

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dysfunction in Medicine

dysfunction dys·func·tion or dis·func·tion (dĭs-fŭngk'shən)
n.
Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or organ.


dys·func'tion·al adj.
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