[ dis-fuhngk-shuhn ]
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  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.

  1. Sociology. a consequence of a social practice or behavior pattern that undermines the stability of a social system.

Origin of dysfunction

First recorded in 1915–20; dys- + function

Other words from dysfunction

  • dys·func·tion·al, adjective

Words Nearby dysfunction

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How to use dysfunction in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dysfunction


/ (dɪsˈfʌŋkʃən) /

  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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