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or schiz-
1. Split; cleft: schizocarp.
2. Cleavage; fission: schizogenesis.
3. Schizophrenia: schizoid.

[New Latin, from Greek skhizo-, from skhizein, to split; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]


or before a vowel


combining form
indicating a cleavage, split, or division: schizocarp; schizophrenia.
[from Greek skhizein to split]


(ˈskɪt soʊ)

n., pl. schiz•os,
adj. Slang. n.
1. a schizophrenic or schizoid person.
2. schizophrenic or schizoid.
3. crazy; wildly eccentric.
[1940–45; by shortening; compare -o]


a combining form meaning “split,” “fission”: schizocarp. Also, esp. before a vowel,schiz-.
[< Greek, comb. form representing schízein to part, split]
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