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dis fuhngk shuhn

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

  • The study also found that vestibular dysfunction increased the risk of falling by a factor of 12.
  • In the same way that Bob Dole made "erectile dysfunction" a household word and took the sting out of having a sexual dysfunction, I think people need to feel it's okay.
  • 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.
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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Politico
    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.
  • Arlen Specter in Guardian Unlimited
    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.
  • Andrew Cuomo in Wall Street Journal
    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...

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