dysfunction-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: impaired physiological state

Commentary: DYSFUNCTION[+state][+physiological][+impaired]

The operation should repair the patient's kidney dysfunction.
He suffered for years from gastrointestinal dysfunction.
The cat's bowel dysfunction was indicative of a more serious underlying cause.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: abnormal, unproductive social interaction

Commentary: DYSFUNCTION[+activity][+interaction][+social][+abnormal]

Social workers deal with a lot of family dysfunction in their work.
He grew up in the dysfunction of a broken home with an alcoholic mother.
His book describes what he perceives as major dysfunctions in a number of modern political institutions.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2