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schizophrenic

[skit-suh-fren-ik]
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adjective
  1. Psychiatry. of or relating to schizophrenia: Not all of these patients are schizophrenic.
  2. of or relating to conflicting or inconsistent elements; characterized by unusual disparity: It wavers from comedy to thriller to docudrama—a totally schizophrenic plot!
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noun Psychiatry.
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for schizophrenic

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  • At first glance, Martin's reactions appear to be those one would expect of schizophrenic withdrawal.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • So far is this true that Bleuler looks on "schizophrenic" cases with this symptom of "Benommenheit" as organic in etiology.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • Like the schizophrenic, Martin was living in a little world that was cut off from the actual physical world around his body.

    Anything You Can Do

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • He begins jabbering like a schizophrenic parrot reading a Sanskrit dictionary backward!

  • I am (to state it in politically incorrectly language) a schizophrenic.

    Dreaming of Dreaming

    Peter E. Williams


British Dictionary definitions for schizophrenic

schizophrenic

adjective
  1. exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia
  2. informal, offensive experiencing or maintaining contradictory attitudes, emotions, etc
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noun
  1. a schizophrenic person
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usage

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 schizophrenic

adj.

1912; see schizophrenia + -ic. Also from 1912 as a noun, "schizophrenic person." Transferred adjectival sense of "contradictory, inconsistent" is by 1955.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

schizophrenic in Medicine

schizophrenic

(skĭt′sə-frĕnĭk)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or affected by schizophrenia.
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n.
  1. One who is affected with schizophrenia.
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