AskDefine | Define dysfunction

Dictionary Definition

dysfunction n : (medicine) any disturbance in the function of an organ or body part [syn: disfunction]

User Contributed Dictionary



From the Greek dys, meaning bad or abnormal, and the English function.


IPA: /dɪsˈfʌŋk.ʃən/


  1. A failure to function in an expected or complete manner. Usually refers to a disorder in a bodily organ (e.g. erectile dysfunction), a mental disorder, or the improper behavior of a social group.



Extensive Definition

Dysfunction can refer to:
without functioning properly
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