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mimesis

[mi-mee-sis, mahy-] /mɪˈmi sɪs, maɪ-/
noun
1.
Rhetoric. imitation or reproduction of the supposed words of another, as in order to represent his or her character.
2.
  1. imitation of the real world, as by re-creating instances of human action and events or portraying objects found in nature:
    This movie is a mimesis of historical events.
  2. the showing of a story, as by dialogue and enactment of events.
Compare diegesis.
3.
Biology, imitation.
4.
Zoology, mimicry.
5.
Also, mimosis. Pathology.
  1. the simulation, due to hysteria, of the symptoms of a disease.
  2. the simulation of the symptoms of one disease by another.
Origin of mimesis
1640-1650
1640-50; < Greek mī́mēsis ‘imitation’, equivalent to mīmē- (variant stem of mīmeîsthai ‘to copy’) + -sis -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for mimesis

mimesis

/mɪˈmiːsɪs/
noun
1.
(art, literature) the imitative representation of nature or human behaviour
2.
  1. any disease that shows symptoms of another disease
  2. a condition in a hysterical patient that mimics an organic disease
3.
(biology) another name for mimicry (sense 2)
4.
(rhetoric) representation of another person's alleged words in a speech
Word Origin
C16: from Greek, from mimeisthai to imitate
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Word Origin and History for mimesis
n.

1540s, in rhetoric, from Greek mimesis "imitation, representation, representation by art," from mimeisthai "to imitate" (see mimeograph).

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mimesis in Medicine

mimesis mi·me·sis (mĭ-mē'sĭs, mī-)
n.

  1. The appearance of symptoms of a disease not actually present, often caused by hysteria.

  2. Symptomatic imitation of one organic disease by another.

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