dysfunction

noun dys·func·tion \ (ˌ)dis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən \
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of dysfunction

1 :impaired or abnormal functioning
  • gastrointestinal dysfunction
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.

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First Known Use of dysfunction

circa 1916


DYSFUNCTION Defined for English Language Learners

dysfunction

noun

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 play \(ˈ)dis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən\

medical Definition of dysfunction

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

dysfunctional

play \-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl\ adjective

dysfunctioning

play \-shə-niŋ\ noun


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