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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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British Dictionary definitions for anamneses


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 anamneses



"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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anamneses 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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