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- n. Any of a group of psychotic disorders usually characterized by withdrawal from reality, illogical patterns of thinking, delusions, and hallucinations, and accompanied in varying degrees by other emotional, behavioral, or intellectual disturbances. Schizophrenia is associated with dopamine imbalances in the brain and may have an underlying genetic cause.
- n. A situation or condition that results from the coexistence of disparate or antagonistic qualities, identities, or activities: the national schizophrenia that results from carrying out an unpopular war.
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- n. A psychiatric diagnosis denoting a persistent, often chronic, mental illness variously affecting behavior, thinking, and emotion.
- n. Any condition in which disparate or mutually exclusive activities coexist.
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- n. any of several psychotic disorders characterized by distortions of reality and disturbances of thought and language and withdrawal from social contact
First attested 1910, from New Latin, from German Schizophrenie, coined by Eugen Bleuler, from Ancient Greek σχίζω (skhizō, "I tear, split, cut") + φρήν (phrēn, "mind, brain, diaphragm"). (Wiktionary)