schizophrenia

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

Definition of schizophrenia

1 medical :a mental disorder that is characterized by disturbances in thought (such as delusions), perception (such as hallucinations), and behavior (such as disorganized speech or catatonic behavior), by a loss of emotional responsiveness and extreme apathy, and by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life called also dementia praecox
Note: Schizophrenia often involves an inability to orient oneself with reality, a withdrawal from social interactions, and a failure to integrate thoughts with emotions so that emotional expression is inappropriate. There are several subtypes of schizophrenia, including paranoid schizophrenia and those types marked by catatonia or hebephrenia .
2 :contradictory or antagonistic qualities or attitudes
  • both parties … have exhibited schizophrenia over the desired outcome
  • —Elizabeth Drew

schizophrenic

play \ˌskit-sə-ˈfre-nik\ adjective or noun

schizophrenically

play \ˌskit-sə-ˈfre-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of schizophrenia

New Latin


Medical Dictionary

schizophrenia

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

medical Definition of schizophrenia

:a mental 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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