Definition of Dysfunction

Dysfunction: Difficult function or abnormal function.

There is, for example:

  • Constitutional hepatic dysfunction, (familial nonhemolytic jaundice),
  • Dental dysfunction (abnormal functioning of dental structures),
  • Minimal brain dysfunction (attention deficit disorder),
  • Placental dysfunction (dysmature placenta),
  • Psychosexual dysfunction, and
  • Sexual dysfunction (a disturbance of sexual functioning).
  • Erectile dysfunction is a consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.


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