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lacking normal function
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(dɪsˈfʌŋk ʃən)

1. impairment of function or malfunctioning, as of an organ or structure of the body.
2. a consequence of a social activity or structure that undermines a social system.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.disfunction - (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"
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
ED, erectile dysfunction, male erecticle dysfunction - impotence resulting from a man's inability to have or maintain an erection of his penis
pathology - any deviation from a healthy or normal condition
palsy, paralysis - loss of the ability to move a body part
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Both are trained to look at process and to seek out the root cause of disfunction, accepting the axiom that-- in physicians' terms--"an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." The all-too-frequent medical emergencies seen in clinical practice do indeed mandate "firefighting" to deal with "special causes," but the astute physician strives to seek the underlying currents of faulty process in evaluating the whole patient and in searching for root causes of disease.
In a letter to EU energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, Loos said France agreed the EU energy sector had "disfunctions", but that he "diverged regarding the identification of the causes and the remedies".