- 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
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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.
An aunt who gave the anamnesis had known the patient only since she came to the United States, a year before admission.
The anamnesis states that she was slow, complained of not being able to think and feeling as if she had no brain.
Frequently these early symptoms are reported in the anamnesis and not actually observed by the physician.
- the ability to recall past events; recollection
- the case history of a patient
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
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- A recalling to memory; recollection.
- The complete case history of a patient.
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