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Meaning of dysfunction

dys•func•tion

Pronunciation: (dis-fungk'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. malfunctioning, as of an organ or structure of the body.
  2. any malfunctioning part or element: the dysfunctions of the country's economy.
  3. a consequence of a social practice or behavior pattern that undermines the stability of a social system.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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