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anamnesis

[ an-am-nee-sis ]
/ ˌæn æmˈni sɪs /
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noun, plural an·am·ne·ses [an-am-nee-seez]. /ˌæn æmˈni siz/.

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 Anamnesis . a prayer in a Eucharistic service, recalling the Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ.

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Origin of anamnesis

First recorded in 1650–60; from New Latin, from Greek anámnēsis “remembrance,” equivalent to ana(mi)mnḗ(skein) “to remember” (ana ana- + mimnḗskein “to call to mind”) + -sis-sis

OTHER WORDS FROM anamnesis

an·am·nes·tic [an-am-nes-tik], /ˌæn æmˈnɛs tɪk/, adjectivean·am·nes·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for anamnesis

anamnesis
/ (ˌænæmˈniːsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

the ability to recall past events; recollection
the case history of a patient

Word Origin for anamnesis

C17: via New Latin from Greek, from anamimnēskein to recall, from mimnēskein to call to mind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for anamnesis

anamnesis
[ ăn′ăm-nēsĭs ]

n. pl. an•am•ne•ses (-sēz)

A recalling to memory; recollection.
The complete case history of a patient.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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