schiz·o·phre·ni·a (skĭt′sə-frēnē-ə, -frĕnē-ə)
1. Psychiatry A heterogeneous psychiatric disorder characterized by psychotic behavior including delusions, hallucinations, withdrawal from reality, and disorganized patterns of thinking and speech.
2. A situation or condition characterized by conflicting qualities, attitudes, or activities: the national schizophrenia that results from carrying out an unpopular war. See Usage Note at schizophrenic.
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