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|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|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|
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|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|
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.
|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.
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.