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dysfunction

any consequence of an activity which inhibits the achievement of the desired objective. In the study of ORGANIZATIONS, dysfunctions refer to those aspects of organizations which are essential to the organization's proper functioning but at the same time detract from organizational performance. For instance, a justifiable emphasis on following the correct procedures can also stifle the flexibility that is often needed in work situations. See GOAL DISPLACEMENT.
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In one, at New York University, Eli Lizza and the late Adrian Zorgniotti gave 15 men with erectile dysfunction a placebo for two weeks, then 2,800 mg of arginine every day for two weeks.
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This important patent underscores VIVUS' commitment to diversify its research and development efforts within urology beyond the treatment of male erectile dysfunction," stated Leland Wilson, President and CEO of VIVUS, Inc.
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