Definition of schema
schemataplay \-mə-tə\ also
1 : a diagrammatic presentation; broadly : a structured framework or plan : outline
2 : a mental codification of experience that includes a particular organized way of perceiving cognitively and responding to a complex situation or set of stimuli
Recent Examples of schema from the Web
Mathevon tells Helen Briggs at the BBC that it may be related to a theory called the baby schema.
The World Wide Web Consortium and others want to make XML more flexible by adding a layer of schemas, which could have the effect of breaking down the divisions among conflicting formats.
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Origin and Etymology of schema
Greek schēmat-, schēma
First Known Use: circa 1890See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of schema
1: a nonconscious adjustment of the brain to the afferent impulses indicative of bodily posture that is a prerequisite of appropriate bodily movement and of spatial perception
2: the organization of experience in the mind or brain that includes a particular organized way of perceiving cognitively and responding to a complex situation or set of stimuli
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