Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Psychology A recalling to memory; recollection.
  • noun Medicine The complete history recalled and recounted by a patient.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In psychology, the act or process of reproduction in memory; reminiscence.
  • noun In rhetoric, a figure which consists in calling to remembrance something overlooked.
  • noun In Platonic philosophy, the vague recollection of a state of existence preceding the present life. Is. Taylor.
  • noun ln medicine, the account given by a patient or his friends of the history of his case up to the time when he is placed under the care of a physician.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Rhet.) A recalling to mind; recollection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The ability to recall past events; recollection.
  • noun medicine The medical history of a patient.
  • noun rhetoric The mention of the past; quotation of exemplary authors from memory to establish one's authority.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the case history of a medical patient as recalled by the patient
  • noun the ability to recall past occurrences

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek anamnēsis, from anamimnēskein, anamnē-, to remind : ana-, ana- + mimnēskein, to recall; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • Plato wrote that humanity could only know the 'real' world in the form of memories; by what he termed anamnesis, meaning the recovery of buried memories, both individual and collective.

    Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.: The Need to Build a New Model

  • Plato wrote that humanity could only know the 'real' world in the form of memories; by what he termed anamnesis, meaning the recovery of buried memories, both individual and collective.

    Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.: The Need to Build a New Model

  • Plato wrote that humanity could only know the 'real' world in the form of memories; by what he termed anamnesis, meaning the recovery of buried memories, both individual and collective.

    Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.: The Need to Build a New Model

  • The word anamnesis, then, gives us almost everything we need to know about the significance of this section to the book as a whole, to the ending, and to the Iron Council itself.

    Archive 2004-08-01

  • Pumped full of Sodium Pentathol, Dick answered the door to meet a girl from the pharmacy who was delivering his pain medications (if only they delivered now) and, upon seeing her golden fish pendant, experienced what he called 'anamnesis'.

    The Religious Experience Of Philip K. Dick

  • Pumped full of Sodium Pentathol, Dick answered the door to meet a girl from the pharmacy who was delivering his pain medications (if only they delivered now) and, upon seeing her golden fish pendant, experienced what he called 'anamnesis'.

    February 2008

  • The section is labelled an "anamnesis", a term that goes back to Plato and means a reminiscence or recollection, though it also has some meanings in religion and theosophy, and is even the title of a book by conservative philosopher Eric Voegelin.

    Archive 2004-08-01

  • It is my understanding that "anamnesis" means something more like "making present" than quite what we mean by remembrance.

    Stand Firm

  • Mulla Sadra inherited a variety of theories ranging from Platonic recollection (anamnesis) and division to Peripatetic syllogistics, definitions and axiomatic science.

    Mulla Sadra

  • Socrates does not elaborate the anamnesis claim as much as we would like.

    Disbelief

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  • JM remembers his anamnesis with fondness

    May 26, 2010

  • The word anamnesis is also used in immunology to describe the enhanced and more rapid neutralization of an antigen upon second exposure; in other words, it is the "retrieval" of an immune response.

    December 5, 2010

  • The doc thought, "These symptoms are specious.
    This patient is being facetious
    Or hypochodriacal
    To a point near maniacal
    To claim such a strange anamnesis."

    May 20, 2016

  • Anamnesis is also a term for a key moment in the liturgical celebration of the catholic mass. After the consecration of the bread and wine, the prayer of remembrance, called the Anamnesis, is recited which calls to mind the passion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. It is defined by the church as the high point of the Eucharistic celebration as a real "memorial" of what occurred during Christ's visible stay on earth as a pledge of what he continues to do invisibly through the Eucharist. (Etym. Greek anamn_sis, calling to mind, recollection.)

    May 20, 2016