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noun, plural an·am·ne·ses [an-am-nee-seez] /ˌæn æmˈni siz/.
  1. the recollection or remembrance of the past; reminiscence.
  2. Platonism. recollection of the Ideas, which the soul had known in a previous existence, especially by means of reasoning.
  3. the medical history of a patient.
  4. 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.
  5. (often initial capital letter) a prayer in a Eucharistic service, recalling the Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ.
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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 formsan·am·nes·tic [an-am-nes-tik] /ˌæn æmˈnɛs tɪk/, adjectivean·am·nes·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for anamnestic

recollection, rote, reminiscence, retrospection, anamnesis, evocative, redolent, reminiscent, anamnestic, memoried, feuilleton

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British Dictionary definitions for anamnestic


  1. of or relating to anamnesis
  2. immunol denoting a response to antigenic stimulation characterized by the production of large amounts of antibody specific to a different antigen from that which elicited the response
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Derived Formsanamnestically, adverb


noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. the ability to recall past events; recollection
  2. the case history of a patient
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Word Origin for anamnesis

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 anamnestic



"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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anamnestic in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to the current or previous medical history of a patient.
  2. Aiding memory; mnemonic.
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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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