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Definition of dysfunction noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(medical) the fact of a part of the body not working normally He's suffering from sexual dysfunction caused by depression.
  2. 2the situation when the relationships within a society, family, etc. are not working normally a tale of loneliness and family dysfunction Society's dysfunctions can lead to many other problems.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dysfunction