Definition of dysfunction in English:



  • 1Abnormality or impairment in the function of a specified bodily organ or system.

    ‘bowel dysfunction’
    • ‘Third, sepsis and organ dysfunctions are synergistic in worsening outcomes.’
    • ‘Although computed tomography can identify most brain lesions, it does not identify metabolic and extrinsic brain dysfunctions.’
    • ‘Severe sepsis is defined as sepsis associated with evidence of one or more acute organ dysfunctions.’
    • ‘Neurobehavioral and pulmonary dysfunctions were measured 7 weeks after the chlorine spill.’
    • ‘Survival varies widely depending upon age, chronic disease burden, and nonpulmonary organ dysfunctions such as shock and hepatic failure.’
    • ‘So is there potential for casting further light on this by studying people who have neurological dysfunctions associated with memory disability such as Alzheimer's?’
    • ‘Major consequences of foetal alcohol syndrome are facial deformities, central nervous system dysfunctions and non specific malfunctions.’
    • ‘Optimum supplementation with vitamin C and other essential nutrients may provide a basic therapeutic means for the prevention and successful management of cardiovascular dysfunctions.’
    • ‘We found that both pancreatic damage and end-organ dysfunctions correlated with the magnitude of the inflammatory response.’
    • ‘We included all consecutive patients with blood culture-positive sepsis and measured organ dysfunctions and mortality.’
    • ‘Bladder dysfunctions should be treated before a second procedure is performed.’
    • ‘One important function of health-care services, here personal medical services, is to restore handicapping dysfunctions, for example, of vision, mobility, and so on.’
    • ‘These dysfunctions lead to the clinical syndrome of heart failure.’
    • ‘Therefore, other factors play a role in the development of lung dysfunctions.’
    • ‘The course content included identification, screening and early intervention and medical implications like epilepsy, hyperactivity and brain dysfunctions.’
    • ‘Immunological dysfunctions, inflammation of the respiratory tract, and disorders such as porphyria have all been suggested as possible causal factors.’
    • ‘Implanted electronic devices provide a vast array of treatments for patients with cardiac dysfunctions.’
    • ‘Massage can therefore be very effectively used in conjunction with bodywork to treat not only musculo-skeletal problems, but dysfunctions of organs, glands and whole systems.’
    • ‘Finally, our study design did not allow us to examine in detail the hypothesis that lung inflammation due to ARDS may contribute to nonpulmonary organ dysfunctions.’
    • ‘In this system, organ system dysfunctions are used to evaluate morbidity in critically ill patients.’
    disease, infection, complaint, problem, condition, affliction, malady, sickness, illness, ailment, infirmity, disability
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 Deviation from the norms of social behavior in a way regarded as bad.
      ‘inner-city dysfunction’
      • ‘This is about the link between criminality and deprivation, family dysfunction and poor education.’
      • ‘She just doesn't get it - the depiction of family dysfunction is not a social evil.’
      • ‘Others look, quite understandably, at democratic or social dysfunction and wish that we had machines that could help us fix it.’
      • ‘Where do poverty, dysfunction, violence and high mortality rates fit into the analysis?’
      • ‘I accept that there is a relationship between sexual dysfunction and stress, anxiety and depression.’
      • ‘She admits that there has been an element of dysfunction in all her relationships.’
      • ‘More fundamentally, such statistics do not address the issue of the conditions that give rise to social dysfunction.’
      • ‘The downside is the social dysfunction I witness amongst the spectators because of alcohol consumption.’
      • ‘His poor ability to make relationships with others indicated high levels of psychological dysfunction.’
      • ‘The focus on individuals' psychological dysfunction is not confined to education.’
      • ‘It calls to mind a world of social dysfunction hiding beneath the surface of everyday life.’
      • ‘Stress, sexual dysfunction and even inability to work are also to be excluded.’
      • ‘Every time I visited home since my grandma died, I saw more and more chaos and dysfunction in my family.’
      • ‘Family structure is crumbling, and dysfunction in relationships is at an all-time high.’