(Greek: bad, harsh, wrong; ill; hard to do, difficult at; slow of; disordered; impaired, defective)

dactylodystrophy (s) (noun), dactylodystrophies (pl)
A wasting of the fingers, which is seen in certain collagen diseases; such as, scleroderma (a disease in which the skin becomes progressively hard and thickened).
distopic (adjective), more distopic, most distopic
dysacousia, dysacusia (s) (noun), dysacousias; dysacusias (pl)
1. Discomfort caused by loud noises: Because he suffered from dysacousia, Henry always sat in a quiet spot in the library so the noise made by others would not bother him.
2. A disorder characterized by a distortion in the quality of the sounds being heard, such as musical notes: Despite her interest in music, Nancy decided that she would not become a musician because of the dysacousia which made it too difficult for her to distinguish the musical tones.

We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.


If you don’t want your children to hear what you’re saying, pretend you’re talking to them.


If there are any of you at the back who do not hear me, please don’t raise your hands because I am nearsighted.

—W.H. Auden (1907-73) British poet

[Isn't that similar to saying, "If those of you in the back can’t hear me, raise your hands"?]

dysadrenalism (s) (noun), dysadrenalisms (pl)
A disordered function or disease of the small glands that are located on top of each kidney: "Anyone who has a dysandrenalism may be suffering with an abnormal increase or decrease in the performances of the adrenal glands as a result of a disease or a lack of proper physical activities."
dysania (dis AY nee uh; dis SEEN ee uh) (s) (noun) (usually no plural)
A condition that involves abnormal or extreme difficulties in waking up and getting out of bed in the morning: "Dysania is a rare term, although it is a recognized condition, and many people experience this as a normal experience on most days."
dysaniac (s) (noun), dysaniacs (pl)
A person who has a strong compulsion to stay in bed; sometimes, even after waking up: "Depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, or some other physical and/or mental disorder can cause some people to oversleep and avoid life’s daily responsibilities; however, dysaniacs have a strong impulse to remain in bed regardless of what the consequences might be. They just want to stay in bed!"

"Staying up late watching TV, working on the computer beyond normal bedtime, and insomnia are just three examples, among others, that can cause people to become dysaniacs."

dysantigraphia (s) (noun), dysantigraphias (pl)
A condition in which a person is unable to copy written or printed letters.
dysaphia (s) (noun), dysaphias (pl)
Dullness, impairment, or some form of distortion of the sense of touch.
dysaphic (s) (noun), dysaphics (pl)
A person who has an impairment or a loss of being able to feel things when touching them with the fingers or hands: "Sam was a dysaphic who could not sense what he was touching even though he could see himself doing it."
dysaptation, dysadaptation (s) (noun); dysaptations, dysadaptations (pl)
An impaired ability of the iris of the eye to respond properly to varying intensities of light in the eyes.
dysarthria (s) (noun), dysarthrias (pl)
1. Difficult and defective speech that is caused by the impairment of the tongue or other muscles essential to speaking while mental function is still intact.
2. The inability to talk even when there is no defect in the ability to understand and, if literate, to read or to write.
3. Difficulty in articulation; partial impairment of articulatory speech because of a problem in the central nervous system.
dysarthrosis (s) (noun), dysarthroses (pl)
1. Joint malformation or deformity: Ellis was born with dysarthrosis in his left ankle in that it was turned outwards and made it difficult for him to walk, to wear regular shoes, etc.
2. A misperceived development of a bone closure where none is actually present: Jasper's thumbs were so flexible it appeared that he had dysarthrosis; however, he was double-jointed and his thumb joints could flex in either direction.
dysaudia (s) (noun), dysaudias (pl)
An imperfect articulation originating from an auditory disorder: Mrs. Robinson suffered from dysaudia in which she wasn't able to speak certain words correctly because of a bad ear infection she had had as a child and of her difficulty in hearing others correctly.
dysautonomia (s) (noun), dysautonomias (pl)
The lack of a proper function of the involuntary nervous system: "Those who have dysautonomia are usually afflicted with a rare hereditary disease involving the body's improper regulation of the heart, intestines, metabolism, and/or glands; any of which can hinder proper digestion, perspiration, the modulation of blood pressure, etc."

"Additional negative results of dysautonomia can be mental retardation, lack of normal motor coordination, vomiting, frequent infections, convulsions, etc."

A condition associated with exposure to very low or rapidly changing atmospheric pressure.

Symptoms include pain in or near joints, giddiness, headache, numbness of limbs, chest pain, and shortness of breath. When it occurs in a severe form, it is sometimes called “decompression sickness” or “the bends”.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units meaning "bad, wrong": caco-, kako-; mal-; mis-; pessim-; sceler-.

Cross references directly, or indirectly, involving "slow, slowness, slow of, sluggish": lent-; tard-.