dysfunction dysfunction  /dɪs ˈfəŋk ʃən/


  • (n) (medicine) any disturbance in the functioning of an organ or body part or a disturbance in the functioning of a social group


  1. The study also found that vestibular dysfunction increased the risk of falling by a factor of 12.
  2. In Hannah's case, the vaccine court determined that the underlying dysfunction of her mitochondria put her at an increased risk of injury from vaccines.
  3. Linking muscle dysfunction to diseased organs is not entirely out of the mainstream.


  1. Stunning farm bill defeat lays bare House dysfunction

    The dysfunctional House of Representatives claimed another legislative victim on Thursday: the farm bill.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News

  2. Greg Sargent: Farm bill debacle shows John Boehner needs Nancy Pelosi

    The utter dysfunction of the House GOP, on stark display once again.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Washington Post

  3. State report sheds more light on city Social Services dysfunction

    A state report released Monday afternoon delved deeper into the dysfunction in Richmond’s Department of Social Services, which has been the subject of three separate probes since a chorus of concern f
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch


  1. "We have heard from the voters, and I respect the will of the people who are frustrated with the dysfunction in our budget system," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
    on May 20, 2009 By: Arnold Schwarzenegger Source: Politico

  2. "It is generally acknowledged that the Department of Justice is in a state of disrepair, perhaps even dysfunction, because of what has happened," Specter, of Pennsylvania, said.
    on Mar 29, 2007 By: Arlen Specter Source: Guardian Unlimited

  3. "The chronic dysfunction of Albany metathesized into the corruption of Albany, and it was a bipartisan affliction," Mr. Cuomo said. "We stand today next to one of the historic monuments of government corruption, unfortunately Albany's antics...
    on May 22, 2010 By: Andrew Cuomo Source: Wall Street Journal

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