[ dis-fuhngk-shuh n ]
/ dɪsˈfʌŋk ʃən /


Medicine/Medical. malfunctioning, as of an organ or structure of the body.
any malfunctioning part or element: the dysfunctions of the country's economy.
Sociology. a consequence of a social practice or behavior pattern that undermines the stability of a social system.

Origin of dysfunction

First recorded in 1915–20; dys- + function

OTHER WORDS FROM dysfunction

dys·func·tion·al, adjective

Example sentences from the Web for dysfunction

British Dictionary definitions for dysfunction

/ (dɪsˈfʌŋkʃən) /


med any disturbance or abnormality in the function of an organ or part
(esp of a family) failure to show the characteristics or fulfil the purposes accepted as normal or beneficial

Medical definitions for dysfunction



Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or organ.

Other words from dysfunction

dys•function•al adj.