[dis-fuhngk-shuh n]


Medicine/Medical. malfunctioning, as of an organ or structure of the body.
any malfunctioning part or element: the dysfunctions of the country's economy.
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
Related formsdys·func·tion·al, adjective
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med any disturbance or abnormality in the function of an organ or part
(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

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

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dysfunction in Medicine



Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or organ.
Related formsdys•function•al adj.
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