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[an-am-nee-sis] /ˌæn æmˈni sɪs/
noun, plural anamneses
[an-am-nee-seez] /ˌæn æmˈni siz/ (Show IPA)
the recollection or remembrance of the past; reminiscence.
Platonism. recollection of the Ideas, which the soul had known in a previous existence, especially by means of reasoning.
the medical history of a patient.
Immunology. a prompt immune response to a previously encountered antigen, characterized by more rapid onset and greater effectiveness of antibody and T cell reaction than during the first encounter, as after a booster shot in a previously immunized person.
(often initial capital letter) a prayer in a Eucharistic service, recalling the Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ.
Origin of anamnesis
1650-60; < New Latin < Greek anámnēsis remembrance, equivalent to ana(mi)mnḗ(skein) to remember (ana ana- + mimnḗskein to call to mind) + -sis -sis
Related forms
[an-am-nes-tik] /ˌæn æmˈnɛs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
anamnestically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for anamnesis
Historical Examples
  • Recollection (anamnesis) alone would prove pre-existence, but not existence after death.

  • With the exception of negativism, which appears only in the anamnesis, all the cardinal stupor symptoms are found in this history.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • An aunt who gave the anamnesis had known the patient only since she came to the United States, a year before admission.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • The anamnesis states that she was slow, complained of not being able to think and feeling as if she had no brain.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • Frequently these early symptoms are reported in the anamnesis and not actually observed by the physician.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • The material furnished by the anamnesis is the source from which our work starts.

British Dictionary definitions for anamnesis


noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
the ability to recall past events; recollection
the case history of a patient
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin from Greek, from anamimnēskein to recall, from mimnēskein to call to mind
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Word Origin and History for anamnesis

"recollection, remembrance," 1650s, from Greek anamnesis "a calling to mind, remembrance," noun of action from stem of anamimneskein "to remember, to remind (someone) of (something), make mention of," from ana "back" (see ana-) + mimneskesthai (see amnesia). Related: Anamnestic.

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anamnesis in Medicine

anamnesis an·am·ne·sis (ān'ām-nē'sĭs)
n. pl. an·am·ne·ses (-sēz)

  1. A recalling to memory; recollection.

  2. The complete case history of a patient.

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