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schizophrenia

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noun schizo·phre·nia \ˌskit-sə-ˈfrē-nē-ə\

Simple Definition of schizophrenia

  • : a very serious mental illness in which someone cannot think or behave normally and often experiences delusions

Full Definition of schizophrenia

  1. 1 :  a psychotic disorder characterized by loss of contact with the environment, by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life, and by disintegration of personality expressed as disorder of feeling, thought (as delusions), perception (as hallucinations), and behavior —called also dementia praecox — compare paranoid schizophrenia

  2. 2 :  contradictory or antagonistic qualities or attitudes <both parties…have exhibited schizophrenia over the desired outcome — Elizabeth Drew>

schizo·phren·ic play \-ˈfre-nik\ adjective or noun
schizo·phren·i·cal·ly play \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of schizophrenia

New Latin


First Known Use: 1912

Rhymes with schizophrenia


Medical Dictionary

schizophrenia

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noun schizo·phre·nia \ˌskit-sə-ˈfrē-nē-ə\

Medical Definition of schizophrenia

  1. :  a psychotic disorder characterized by loss of contact with the environment, by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life, and by disintegration of personality expressed as disorder of feeling, thought (as in delusions), perception (as in hallucinations), and behavior—called also dementia praecox; see paranoid schizophrenia





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