Origin of schiz
First recorded in 1950–55; by shortening
- 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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before a vowel schiz-
- indicating a cleavage, split, or divisionschizocarp; schizophrenia
from Greek skhizein to split
Word Origin and History for schiz
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.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Split; cleft:schizotrichia.
- Cleavage; fission:schizogenesis.
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