dysfunction

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
  1. noun
    (medicine) any disturbance in the functioning of an organ or body part or a disturbance in the functioning of a social group
    synonyms: disfunction
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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
    alalia
    paralysis of the vocal cords resulting in an inability to speak
    cystoparalysis, cystoplegia
    paralysis of the urinary bladder
    diplegia
    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)
    monoplegia
    paralysis of a single limb
    ophthalmoplegia
    paralysis of the motor nerves of the eye
    paresis
    a slight or partial paralysis
    paraplegia
    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
    quadriplegia
    paralysis of both arms and both legs
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    pathology
    any deviation from a healthy or normal condition
  2. noun
    a failure to sustain social norms or expected conditions
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    malfunction
    a failure to function normally
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