One of the ways the word "schizophrenia" is pronounced is ˈskɪt.sə.ˈfri.ni.ə/

My question is where does the t sound in ˈskɪt come from as I can not see any reason for it?

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    Because the original word is German (Schizophrenie) and in German the 'z' makes a 't' sound.
    – user180089
    Jun 11, 2016 at 20:27
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    @V0ight You mean the /ts/ sound.
    – tchrist
    Jun 11, 2016 at 20:30
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    Fascinating. Actually it is made up of two ancient Greek words but since it is coined by Germans for the first time it is pronounced the way Germans would pronounce it. Thank you for the quick response.
    – Lenz
    Jun 11, 2016 at 20:33
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    Actually, Germans pronounce Schizophrenie as shitsophrenie /ʃitsofʀeˈniː/ and not skitsophrenie /skitsofʀeˈniː/. So it's only partially pronounced the way Germans do. Jun 11, 2016 at 20:36
  • yes thank you @tchrist . I'd edit my answer but for some reason there's no option to.
    – user180089
    Jun 11, 2016 at 20:36

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The answer seems to be provided in the comments, so I'm summing up the comments just to mark this question answered.

As everyone says in the comment, the reason for the /ts/ sound is the German origin of the word.

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