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schizophrenia Syllabification: schiz·o·phre·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ˌskitsəˈfrēnēə/

Definition of schizophrenia in English:


1A long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation.
Example sentences
  • The appellant suffers from paranoid schizophrenia which is a mental illness within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Shortly after he finished his first album, he was diagnosed with chronic paranoid schizophrenia.
  • Some of these studies have now shown that children who develop schizophrenia are developmentally different.
1.1(In general use) a mentality or approach characterized by inconsistent or contradictory elements.
Example sentences
  • Abrupt changes in mood, the destruction of comfort, and schizophrenia are all elements at work here.
  • Now that growth is faltering, the inconsistencies of our political schizophrenia are emerging.


Early 20th century: modern Latin, from Greek skhizein 'to split' + phrēn 'mind'.

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