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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

schiz(o)-

Divided or split.

[Greek skhizein, to split.]

The mental disorder schizophrenia (Greek phrēn, mind, so literally ‘split mind’) was called that because a part of the sufferer's psyche seems to be split off (the popular usage of schizophrenic for inconsistent attitudes is now regarded as misleading or offensive); a schizotype in psychiatry is a personality type in which mild symptoms of schizophrenia are present; somebody schizoid has a personality type characterized by emotional aloofness and solitary habits.

The form is used also in botany and biology: a schizocarp (Greek karpos, fruit) is a dry fruit that splits into single-seeded parts when ripe; schizogony (Greek -gonia, -begetting) is asexual reproduction by multiple fission in some protozoa; a schizont is a cell that divides by schizogony to form daughter cells.

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