anamnesis

anamnesis

[an-am-nee-sis]
noun, plural anamneses [an-am-nee-seez] .
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.

Origin:
1650–60; < Neo-Latin < Greek anámnēsis remembrance, equivalent to ana(mi)mnḗ(skein) to remember (ana ana- + mimnḗskein to call to mind) + -sis -sis

anamnestic [an-am-nes-tik] , adjective
anamnestically, adverb
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anamnesis (ˌænæmˈniːsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
1.  the ability to recall past events; recollection
2.  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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anamnesis
"recollection, remembrance," 1650s, from Gk. anamnesis "remembrance," noun of action from anamna-, stem of anamimneskein "to remember," from ana "back" + mimneskesthai (see amnesia).
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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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anamnesis

a recalling to mind, or reminiscence. Anamnesis is often used as a narrative technique in fiction and poetry as well as in memoirs and autobiographies. A notable example is Marcel Proust's anamnesis brought on by the taste of a madeleine in the first volume of Remembrance of Things Past (1913-27). The word is from the Greek anamnesis, "to recall or remember."

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