anamnesis

[ an-am-nee-sis ]
/ ˌæn æmˈni sɪs /

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 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·tic [an-am-nes-tik] /ˌæn æmˈnɛs tɪk/, adjectivean·am·nes·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for anamnestic (1 of 2)

anamnestic

/ (ˌænæmˈnɛstɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to anamnesis
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

Derived Forms

anamnestically, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for anamnestic (2 of 2)

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
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Medicine definitions for anamnestic (1 of 2)

anamnestic

[ ăn′ăm-nĕstĭk ]

adj.

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

Medicine definitions for anamnestic (2 of 2)

anamnesis

[ ăn′ăm-nēsĭs ]

n. pl. an•am•ne•ses (-sēz)

A recalling to memory; recollection.
The complete case history of a patient.

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