[ breyk-doun ]
/ ˈbreɪkˌdaʊn /


a breaking down, wearing out, or sudden loss of ability to function efficiently, as of a machine.
a loss of mental or physical health; collapse.Compare nervous breakdown.
an analysis or classification of something; division into parts, categories, processes, etc.
Electricity. an electric discharge passing through faulty insulation or other material used to separate circuits or passing between electrodes in a vacuum or gas-filled tube.
a noisy, lively folk dance.

Origin of breakdown

First recorded in 1825–35; noun use of verb phrase break down Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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Medical definitions for breakdown

[ brākdoun′ ]


The act or process of failing to function or continue.
A typically sudden collapse in physical or mental health.
Disintegration or decomposition into parts or elements.
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