schizophrenia

[ skit-suh-free-nee-uh, -freen-yuh ]
/ ˌskɪt səˈfri ni ə, -ˈfrin yə /

noun

Psychiatry. Also called dementia praecox. a severe mental disorder characterized by some, but not necessarily all, of the following features: emotional blunting, intellectual deterioration, social isolation, disorganized speech and behavior, delusions, and hallucinations.
a state characterized by the coexistence of contradictory or incompatible elements.

Nearby words

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

Origin of schizophrenia

First recorded in 1910–15; schizo- + -phrenia

Related formsschiz·o·phren·ic [skit-suh-fren-ik] /ˌskɪt səˈfrɛn ɪk/, adjective, nounnon·schiz·o·phren·ic, adjectiveun·schiz·o·phren·ic, adjective

Can be confusedneurotic psychotic schizoid schizophrenic

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British Dictionary definitions for schizophrenia

schizophrenia

/ (ˌskɪtsəʊˈfriːnɪə) /

noun

any of a group of psychotic disorders characterized by progressive deterioration of the personality, withdrawal from reality, hallucinations, delusions, social apathy, emotional instability, etcSee catatonia, hebephrenia, paranoia
informal behaviour that appears to be motivated by contradictory or conflicting principles

Word Origin for schizophrenia

C20: from schizo- + Greek phrēn mind + -ia

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Word Origin and History for schizophrenia

schizophrenia

n.

1912, from Modern Latin, literally "a splitting of the mind," from German Schizophrenie, coined in 1910 by Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939), from Greek skhizein "to split" (see schizo-) + phren (genitive phrenos) "diaphragm, heart, mind," of unknown origin.

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Medicine definitions for schizophrenia

schizophrenia

[ skĭt′sə-frēnē-ə, -frĕnē-ə ]

n.

Any of a group of psychotic disorders usually characterized by withdrawal from reality, illogical patterns of thinking, delusions, and hallucinations, and accompanied in varying degrees by other emotional, behavioral, or intellectual disturbances. Schizophrenia is associated with dopamine imbalances in the brain and may have an underlying genetic cause.

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Science definitions for schizophrenia

schizophrenia

[ skĭt′sə-frēnē-ə, skĭt′sə- ]

Any of a group of psychiatric disorders characterized by withdrawal from reality, illogical patterns of thinking, delusions, hallucinations, and psychotic behavior. Schizophrenia is associated with an imbalance of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain and may have an underlying genetic cause.
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Culture definitions for schizophrenia

schizophrenia

[ (skit-suh-free-nee-uh, skit-suh-fren-ee-uh) ]

A form of psychosis marked by a strong tendency to dissociate oneself from reality. Schizophrenia is often characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and inappropriate reactions to situations. The word schizophrenia is often used informally as well as scientifically to indicate a split personality.

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