Definition of dysfunction in English:


Syllabification: dys·func·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdisˈfəNG(k)SH(ə)n


1Abnormality or impairment in the function of a specified bodily organ or system: bowel dysfunction
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  • Third, sepsis and organ dysfunctions are synergistic in worsening outcomes.
  • Immunological dysfunctions, inflammation of the respiratory tract, and disorders such as porphyria have all been suggested as possible causal factors.
  • In this system, organ system dysfunctions are used to evaluate morbidity in critically ill patients.
1.1Deviation from the norms of social behavior in a way regarded as bad: inner-city dysfunction
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  • The downside is the social dysfunction I witness amongst the spectators because of alcohol consumption.
  • She just doesn't get it - the depiction of family dysfunction is not a social evil.
  • More fundamentally, such statistics do not address the issue of the conditions that give rise to social dysfunction.

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