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schizo

[skit-soh]Informal.
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noun, plural schiz·os.
  1. a schizophrenic or schizoid person.
adjective
  1. schizophrenic or schizoid.
  2. crazy; wildly eccentric; lunatic.
Also schiz.Sometimes schit·zo, schitz.

Origin of schizo

1940–45; by shortening; cf. -o

schizo-

  1. a combining form meaning “split,” used in the formation of compound words: schizogenetic.
Also especially before a vowel, schiz-.

Origin of schizo-

< Greek, combining form representing schízein to part, split
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British Dictionary definitions for schizo

schizo

adjective
  1. schizophrenic
noun plural -os
  1. a schizophrenic person

schizo-

before a vowel schiz-

combining form
  1. indicating a cleavage, split, or divisionschizocarp; schizophrenia

Word Origin

from Greek skhizein to split
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Word Origin and History for schizo

n.

1945 (n.), slang shortening of schizophrenic. Schiz in same sense is from 1955 as a noun, 1960 as an adjective.

schizo-

word-forming element meaning "division; split, cleavage," from Latinized form of Greek skhizo-, comb. form of skhizein "to split, cleave, part, separate," from PIE root *skei- "to cut, separate, divide, part, split" (see shed (v.)).

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schizo in Medicine

schizo-

pref.
  1. Split; cleft:schizotrichia.
  2. Cleavage; fission:schizogenesis.
  3. Schizophrenia:schizoid.
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