If there's dysfunction, then things aren't working right. High blood pressure is a medical dysfunction, and fighting amongst teammates is a kind of social dysfunction.

If you know that function means to work, then you shouldn't be surprised that dysfunction means something isn't working. Blind people have an optical dysfunction. A family that yells all the time and never listens has a communication dysfunction. If your car breaks down, it has some kind of mechanical dysfunction. But if everything is going smoothly? You're dysfunction-free.

Definitions of dysfunction

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
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ED, erectile dysfunction, male erecticle dysfunction
impotence resulting from a man's inability to have or maintain an erection of his penis
palsy, paralysis
loss of the ability to move a body part
akinesia, akinesis
motionlessness attributable to a temporary paralysis
paralysis of the vocal cords resulting in an inability to speak
cystoparalysis, cystoplegia
paralysis of the urinary bladder
paralysis of corresponding parts on both sides of the body
Erb's palsy, Erb-Duchenne paralysis
paralysis of the arm resulting from injury to the brachial plexus (usually during childbirth)
paralysis of a single limb
paralysis of the motor nerves of the eye
a slight or partial paralysis
paralysis of the lower half of the body (most often as a result of trauma)
hemiplegia, unilateral paralysis
paralysis of one side of the body
paralysis of both arms and both legs
Type of:
any deviation from a healthy or normal condition

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