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malfunction

[ mal-fuhngk-shuhn ]
/ mælˈfʌŋk ʃən /
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noun

failure to function properly: a malfunction of the liver; the malfunction of a rocket.

verb (used without object)

to fail to function properly.

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Origin of malfunction

First recorded in 1925–30; mal- + function
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British Dictionary definitions for malfunction

malfunction
/ (mælˈfʌŋkʃən) /

verb

(intr) to function imperfectly or irregularly or fail to function

noun

failure to function or defective functioning
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Medical definitions for malfunction

malfunction
[ măl-fŭngkshən ]

v.

To fail to function.
To function improperly.

n.

Failure to function.
Faulty or abnormal functioning.
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