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EtymologyEdit

First attested 1908, from New Latin schizophrenia, from German Schizophrenie, coined by Eugen Bleuler, from Ancient Greek σχίζω (skhízō, to split) + φρήν (phrḗn, mind, heart, diaphragm).

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  • IPA(key): /ˌskɪt.səˈfɹiː.ni.ə/, /ˌskɪt.səˈfɹɛ.ni.ə/, /ˌskɪz.əˈfɹiː.ni.ə/
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schizophrenia (countable and uncountable, plural schizophrenias)

  1. (pathology) A psychiatric diagnosis denoting a persistent, often chronic, mental illness characterised by abnormal perception, thinking, behavior and emotion, often marked by delusions.
  2. (informal, figuratively) Any condition in which disparate or mutually exclusive activities coexist.
    • 2006, Bertus Praeg, Ethiopia and Political Renaissance in Africa (page 213)
      [] one can understand how the cultural disorientation which beset the African Continent has confused Africa's political behaviour, creating a political schizophrenia that made nation-building impossible.

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schizophrenia” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017. “schizophrenia” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.