dysfunction

noun
dys·​func·​tion | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce dysfunction (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of dysfunction

1 : impaired or abnormal functioning gastrointestinal dysfunction
2 : abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction within a group family dysfunction

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Examples of dysfunction in a Sentence

The disease causes gastrointestinal dysfunctions.

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Nutritional optic neuropathy, which Atan said is more frequently caused by malabsorption, certain medications and alcoholism, is a dysfunction in the optic nerve. al, "Teen blind after eating fries, bread and ham for 7 years," 3 Sep. 2019 Such dysfunction is decades in the making and an accumulation of many factors that have little to do with effective teaching and learning but everything to do with impeding it. Keith Oliveira, BostonGlobe.com, "Keith Oliveira: State was right to take over Providence schools," 3 Sep. 2019 Tennis's congenital dysfunction is as predictable as the excellence of the Big Three. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "10 Big Questions Ahead of the 2019 U.S. Open," 24 Aug. 2019 Which is a region plagued by spiking homelessness, transportation dysfunction and a housing crisis. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "‘They’re getting it done’: What SF can learn from Seattle on housing, homelessness," 16 Aug. 2019 Your narrative illustrates the heartbreaking generational fracturing caused by extreme dysfunction. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Abuse survivor went through it and is now over it," 21 Aug. 2019 Your narrative illustrates the heartbreaking generational fracturing caused by extreme dysfunction. Dear Abby, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Sibling avoids family in effort to minimize abuse but gets pressure to reconcile," 21 Aug. 2019 Your narrative illustrates the heartbreaking generational fracturing caused by extreme dysfunction. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Abuse survivor went through it and is now over it," 21 Aug. 2019 Your narrative illustrates the heartbreaking generational fracturing caused by extreme dysfunction. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: She just won’t keep her hands off me," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dysfunction

circa 1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dysfunction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dysfunction

: 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

dysfunction

noun
dys·​func·​tion
variants: also disfunction \ (ˈ)dis-​ˈfəŋ(k)-​shən How to pronounce disfunction (audio) \

Medical Definition of dysfunction

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

Other Words from dysfunction

dysfunctional \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce dysfunctional (audio) \ adjective
dysfunctioning \ -​shə-​niŋ How to pronounce dysfunctioning (audio) \ noun

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