a combining form meaning “split,” used in the formation of compound words: schizogenetic.

Nearby words

  1. schiz,
  2. schizamnion,
  3. schizanthus,
  4. schizaxon,
  5. schizo,
  6. schizoaffective,
  7. schizoaffective disorder,
  8. schizoaffective psychosis,
  9. schizocarp,
  10. schizogamy

Also especially before a vowel, schiz-.

Origin of schizo-

< Greek, combining form representing schízein to part, split Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for schizo-


before a vowel schiz-

combining form

indicating a cleavage, split, or divisionschizocarp; schizophrenia

Word Origin for schizo-

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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Medicine definitions for schizo-



Split; cleft:schizotrichia.
Cleavage; fission:schizogenesis.

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