[skit-suh-free-nee-uh, -freen-yuh]
Psychiatry.. Also called dementia praecox. a severe mental disorder characterized by some, but not necessarily all, of the following features: emotional blunting, intellectual deterioration, social isolation, disorganized speech and behavior, delusions, and hallucinations.
a state characterized by the coexistence of contradictory or incompatible elements.

1910–15; schizo- + -phrenia

schizophrenic [skit-suh-fren-ik] , adjective, noun
nonschizophrenic, adjective
unschizophrenic, adjective

neurotic, psychotic, schizophrenic, schizoid. Unabridged
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schizophrenia (ˌskɪtsəʊˈfriːnɪə)
1.  catatonia hebephrenia See paranoia any of a group of psychotic disorders characterized by progressive deterioration of the personality, withdrawal from reality, hallucinations, delusions, social apathy, emotional instability, etc
2.  informal behaviour that appears to be motivated by contradictory or conflicting principles
[C20: from schizo- + Greek phrēn mind + -ia]

schizophrenic (ˌskɪtsəʊˈfrɛnɪk)
1.  exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia
2.  informal, offensive experiencing or maintaining contradictory attitudes, emotions, etc
3.  a schizophrenic person
usage  It is preferable to refer to a person as someone with a diagnosis of schizophrenia rather than as a schizophrenic. The general use of the word to mean 'contradictory' is also best avoided. Suitable alternatives are contradictory, inconsistent, incoherent

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Word Origin & History

1912, from Mod.L., lit. "a splitting of the mind," from Ger. Schizophrenie, coined in 1910 by Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939), from Gk. skhizein "to split" (see shed (v.)) + phren (gen. phrenos) "diaphragm, heart, mind," of unknown origin. Slang shortening schizo
first attested 1920s as an adj., 1945 as a noun.
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Medical Dictionary

schizophrenia schiz·o·phre·ni·a (skĭt'sə-frē'nē-ə, -frěn'ē-ə)
Any of a group of psychotic disorders usually characterized by withdrawal from reality, illogical patterns of thinking, delusions, and hallucinations, and accompanied in varying degrees by other emotional, behavioral, or intellectual disturbances. schizophrenia is often associated with dopamine imbalances in the brain and defects of the frontal lobe and may have an underlying genetic cause.

schizophrenic schiz·o·phren·ic (skĭt'sə-frěn'ĭk)
Of, relating to, or affected by schizophrenia. n.
One who is affected with schizophrenia.

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Science Dictionary
schizophrenia   (skĭt'sə-frē'nē-ə, skĭt'sə-)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of a group of psychiatric disorders characterized by withdrawal from reality, illogical patterns of thinking, delusions, hallucinations, and psychotic behavior. Schizophrenia is associated with an imbalance of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain and may have an underlying genetic cause.
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Cultural Dictionary
schizophrenia [(skit-suh-free-nee-uh, skit-suh-fren-ee-uh)]

A form of psychosis marked by a strong tendency to dissociate oneself from reality. Schizophrenia is often characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and inappropriate reactions to situations. The word schizophrenia is often used informally as well as scientifically to indicate a split personality.

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Example sentences
They seem to reveal a somewhat schizophrenic tension in the body politic.
Solutions for dealing with the problem are somewhat schizophrenic.
Open access makes the schizophrenic nature of academic publishing visible to
  the world.
They have also made the council somewhat schizophrenic.
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