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[skit-suh-fren-ik] /ˌskɪt səˈfrɛn ɪk/
Psychiatry. of or relating to schizophrenia:
Not all of these patients are schizophrenic.
of or relating to conflicting or inconsistent elements; characterized by unusual disparity:
It wavers from comedy to thriller to docudrama—a totally schizophrenic plot!
noun, Psychiatry.
a person with schizophrenia:
Schizophrenics are often unable to focus on certain objects.
Origin of schizophrenic
First recorded in 1910-15; schizophren(ia) + -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At first glance, Martin's reactions appear to be those one would expect of schizophrenic withdrawal.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • So far is this true that Bleuler looks on "schizophrenic" cases with this symptom of "Benommenheit" as organic in etiology.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • Like the schizophrenic, Martin was living in a little world that was cut off from the actual physical world around his body.

    Anything You Can Do Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He begins jabbering like a schizophrenic parrot reading a Sanskrit dictionary backward!

  • I am (to state it in politically incorrectly language) a schizophrenic.

    Dreaming of Dreaming

    Peter E. Williams
British Dictionary definitions for schizophrenic


exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia
(informal, offensive) experiencing or maintaining contradictory attitudes, emotions, etc
a schizophrenic person
Usage note
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for schizophrenic

1912; see schizophrenia + -ic. Also from 1912 as a noun, "schizophrenic person." Transferred adjectival sense of "contradictory, inconsistent" is by 1955.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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schizophrenic in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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