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[ skee-muh ]
/ ˈski mə /
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noun, plural sche·ma·ta [skee-muh-tuh or, sometimes, skee-mah-tuh, ski-], /ˈski mə tə or, sometimes, skiˈmɑ tə, skɪ-/, sche·mas.

a diagram, plan, or scheme.
an underlying organizational pattern or structure; conceptual framework: A schema provides the basis by which someone relates to the events he or she experiences.
(in Kantian epistemology) a concept, similar to a universal but limited to phenomenal knowledge, by which an object of knowledge or an idea of pure reason may be apprehended.

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Origin of schema

First recorded in 1790–1800; from Greek schêma “form, shape, appearance”
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British Dictionary definitions for schema

schema
/ (ˈskiːmə) /

noun plural -mata (-mətə)

a plan, diagram, or scheme
(in the philosophy of Kant) a rule or principle that enables the understanding to apply its categories and unify experienceuniversal succession is the schema of causality
psychol a mental model of aspects of the world or of the self that is structured in such a way as to facilitate the processes of cognition and perception
logic an expression using metavariables that may be replaced by object language expressions to yield a well-formed formula. Thus A = A is an axiom schema for identity, representing the infinite number of axioms, x = x, y = y, z = z, etc
C19: from Greek: form
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Medical definitions for schema

schema
[ skēmə ]

n. pl. sche•mas

A diagrammatic representation; an outline or a model.
A pattern imposed on complex reality or experience to assist in explaining it, mediate perception, or guide response.
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