[fuhngk-shuh-nl] /ˈfʌŋk ʃə nl/
of or relating to a or :
functional difficulties in the administration.
capable of operating or :
When will the ventilating system be functional again?
having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed:
functional architecture; a chair that is functional as well as decorative.
Also, functionalistic. (of a building or furnishing) constructed or made according to the principles of or primarily as a direct fulfillment of a material need.
Medicine/Medical. without a known organic cause or structural change:
a functional disorder.
Compare (def 5).
pertaining to an algebraic operation:
a functional symbol.
Linguistics. (of linguistic analysis, language teaching, etc.) concerned with the communicative role of language rather than, in addition to, or as the framework for its formal structure.
Mathematics. a that has a domain whose elements are , sets, or the like, and that assumes numerical values.
of, involving, or containing a function or functions
practical rather than decorative; utilitarian: functional architecture
capable of functioning; working
(med) affecting a function of an organ without structural change
(maths) a function whose domain is a set of functions and whose range is a set of functions or a set of numbers
1630s; as a term in architecture, “utilitarian,” 1928; see function (n.) + -al (1). Related: Functionally; functionality.
functional func·tion·al (fŭngk’shə-nəl)
Affecting bodily functions but not organic structure, as a disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome. Compare organic.
noun 1. individualized medical care that recognizes the interactions between genetic and environmental factors and between the body’s interconnected systems. noun a type of holistic or alternative medicine that analyzes and treats interdependent systems of the body in seeking a dynamic balance for good health Usage Note medicine
- Functional murmur
functional murmur n. A cardiac murmur not associated with a heart lesion. Also called innocent murmur, inorganic murmur.
- Functional neurosurgery
functional neurosurgery n. The surgical destruction or chronic excitation of a part of the brain as treatment of a physiological or psychological disorder.
- Functional occlusion
functional occlusion n.