[skiz-uh-fahyt, skit-suh-]


any of the Schizophyta, a group of organisms comprising the schizomycetes and the schizophyceous algae, characterized by a simple structure and reproduction by simple fission or spores.

Origin of schizophyte

First recorded in 1875–80; schizo- + -phyte
Related formsschiz·o·phyt·ic [skiz-uh-fit-ik, skit-suh-] /ˌskɪz əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌskɪt sə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019