Dysfunction



[dis-fuhngk-shuh n] /dɪsˈfʌŋk ʃən/

noun
1.
Medicine/Medical. malfunctioning, as of an organ or structure of the body.
2.
any malfunctioning part or element:
the dysfunctions of the country’s economy.
3.
Sociology. a consequence of a social practice or behavior pattern that undermines the stability of a social system.
/dɪsˈfʌŋkʃən/
noun
1.
(med) any disturbance or abnormality in the function of an organ or part
2.
(esp of a family) failure to show the characteristics or fulfil the purposes accepted as normal or beneficial
n.

1916, from dys- “bad, abnormal, difficult” + function (n.).

dysfunction dys·func·tion or dis·func·tion (dĭs-fŭngk’shən)
n.
Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or organ.
dys·func’tion·al adj.

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