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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.
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 anamnestic


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


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 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

anamnestic an·am·nes·tic (ān'ām-něs'tĭk)

  1. Of or relating to the current or previous medical history of a patient.

  2. Aiding memory; mnemonic.

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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Encyclopedia Article for anamnestic


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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