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sche·ma  audio  (skm) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. sche·ma·ta  (sk-mät, sk-mt) KEY  or sche·mas
  1. A diagrammatic representation; an outline or model.
  2. Psychology A pattern imposed on complex reality or experience to assist in explaining it, mediate perception, or guide response.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin schma, schmat-, form ; see scheme


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