[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. schizomycosis,
  2. schizont,
  3. schizonychia,
  4. schizophasia,
  5. schizophrenia,
  6. schizophrenogenic,
  7. schizophyceous,
  8. schizophyte,
  9. schizopod,
  10. schizothymia

Origin of schizophrenic

First recorded in 1910–15; schizophren(ia) + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for schizo-phrenic


/ (ˌskɪtsəʊˈfrɛnɪk) /


exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia
informal, offensive experiencing or maintaining contradictory attitudes, emotions, etc


a schizophrenic person


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

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Word Origin and History for schizo-phrenic



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

Medicine definitions for schizo-phrenic


[ skĭt′sə-frĕnĭk ]


Of, relating to, or affected by schizophrenia.


One who is affected with schizophrenia.

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