Definition of dysfunction in English:

dysfunction

Line breaks: dys|func¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈfʌŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1Abnormality or impairment in the operation 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.
1.1Disruption of normal social relations: 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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