schizophrenic

[ skit-suh-fren-ik ]
/ ˌskɪt səˈfrɛn ɪk /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of schizophrenic

First recorded in 1910–15; schizophren(ia) + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for schizophrenic

schizophrenic
/ (ˌskɪtsəʊˈfrɛnɪk) /

adjective

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

noun

a schizophrenic person

usage for schizophrenic

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for schizophrenic

schizophrenic
[ skĭt′sə-frĕnĭk ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or affected by schizophrenia.

n.

One who is affected with schizophrenia.
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