9 Grammatical Pitfalls
1540s, in rhetoric, from Greek mimesis "imitation, representation, representation by art," from mimeisthai "to imitate" (see mimeograph).
mimesis mi·me·sis (mĭ-mē'sĭs, mī-)n.
The appearance of symptoms of a disease not actually present, often caused by hysteria.
Symptomatic imitation of one organic disease by another.