Definition of anamnesis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌanəmˈnēsis/

noun (plural anamneses /-sēz/)

1Recollection, in particular.
Example sentences
  • Ronald Hals and Herbert Lindemann added their support for the anamnesis and epiclesis that Olson had again attacked.
  • Klossowski quickly moves to forgetting and anamnesis in relation to the eternal return of the same.
  • There is only limited time for thorough social anamnesis, and this hampers the planning of further interventions.
1.1The remembering of things from a supposed previous existence (often used with reference to Platonic philosophy).
Example sentences
  • So, the early Christians looked two ways: forward and backward, or upward and downward; there was a keen sense of anamnesis (remembering of the past) and anaphora (referring to the future).
  • Behan's recollection of his heroic role in the Rising is anamnesis, par excellence, of course.
  • The use of the concepts of amnesia and anamnesis, counter- and auto-hegemony, remembering and re-remembering, provide a theoretical frame for the writing in keeping with postcolonial scholarly discourse.
1.2 Medicine A patient’s account of a medical history.
Example sentences
  • The results of this case emphasized the vital importance of an occupational history anamnesis of patients suspected of having sarcoidosis.
  • A striking aspect of these anamneses concerns the reports of women who gained weight after an assisted delivery with expression.
  • The present invention relates to the use of at least one hydrolytic enzyme for the prophylaxis of abortion in pregnant women with habitual idiopathic abortion in their anamneses.
1.3 Christian Church The part of the Eucharist in which the Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ are recalled.
Example sentences
  • The influence of Brand on the document was palpable and emphasized anamnesis, community with Christ and his body, the church, Eucharistic sacrifice, and the foretaste of the Messianic banquet.
  • He twice uses the term ‘represent’ with its unmistakable reference to the Latin anamnesis, usually associated with the making present of Christ's one atoning sacrifice in the celebration of the Eucharist.
  • This is called anamnesis, and it is the basis for our understanding of the Mass.


Late 16th century: from Greek anamnēsis 'remembrance'.

Words that rhyme with anamnesis

amniocentesis, ascesis, catechesis, diesis, exegesis, mimesis, prosthesis, psychokinesis, telekinesis

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Syllabification: an·am·ne·sis

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