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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
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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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