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a combining form meaning “split,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, schiz-.
Origin of schizo-
< Greek, combining form representing schízein to part, split Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for schizo-


combining form
indicating a cleavage, split, or division: schizocarp, schizophrenia
Word Origin
from Greek skhizein to split
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Word Origin and History for 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- or schiz-

  1. Split; cleft: schizotrichia.

  2. Cleavage; fission: schizogenesis.

  3. Schizophrenia: schizoid.

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