Definition of anamnesis in English:


Line breaks: an|am¦nesis
Pronunciation: /ˌanəmˈniːsɪs

noun (plural anamneses /-siːz/)

[mass noun]
  • 1Recollection, especially of a supposed previous existence.
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    • 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.
  • 2 [count noun] Medicine A patient’s account of their medical history.
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    • 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.
  • 3 Christian Church The part of the Eucharist in which the Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ are recalled.
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    • 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'.

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