dysfunction

noun dys·func·tion \(ˌ)dis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən\
variants: or less commonly

\(ˌ)dis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən\

Definition of dysfunction

  1. 1 :  impaired or abnormal functioning <gastrointestinal dysfunction>

  2. 2 :  abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction within a group <family dysfunction>

dysfunctional

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of dysfunction in a sentence

  1. The disease causes gastrointestinal dysfunctions.

Circa 1916

First Known Use of dysfunction

circa 1916


DYSFUNCTION Defined for English Language Learners

dysfunction

noun dys·func·tion \(ˌ)dis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən\

Definition of dysfunction for English Language Learners

  • : the condition of having poor and unhealthy behaviors and attitudes within a group of people

  • medical : the state of being unable to function in a normal way


Medical Dictionary

dysfunction

noun dys·func·tion
variants: also

disfunction

\(ˈ)dis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən\play

Medical Definition of dysfunction

  1. :  impaired or abnormal functioning (as of an organ of the body)—see minimal brain dysfunction

dysfunctional

\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective

dysfunctioning

\-shə-niŋ\play noun


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