Definition of anamnesis in English:



  • 1Recollection, in particular.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyway, there is also a page I found on one of the Theosophical sites about this idea of anamnesis, which they are equating with soul-memory.’
    • ‘There is only limited time for thorough social anamnesis, and this hampers the planning of further interventions.’
    1. 1.1The remembering of things from a supposed previous existence (often used with reference to Platonic philosophy)
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Find it before it rots or is taped over, rip it to DVD or VCD, and upload it before it's gone, because the internet is all about anamnesis, if it's about anything.’
      • ‘Behan's recollection of his heroic role in the Rising is anamnesis, par excellence, of course.’
      • ‘All that remains to Kaplan's industrial laborers is the nostalgia that blocks every aspect of anamnesis, even the capacity to forget.’
      • ‘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).’
      recollection, reminiscence, nostalgia
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    2. 1.2Medicine A patient's account of a medical history.
      • ‘A striking aspect of these anamneses concerns the reports of women who gained weight after an assisted delivery with expression.’
      • ‘The results of this case emphasized the vital importance of an occupational history anamnesis of patients suspected of having sarcoidosis.’
      • ‘The patient had a history of diabetes, but family anamnesis was unremarkable.’
      • ‘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. 1.3Christian Church The part of the Eucharist in which the Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ are recalled.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Christianity pursues the reconciliation of differences through holy communion, by remembrance and anticipation, anamnesis and prolepsis.’
      • ‘This is called anamnesis, and it is the basis for our understanding of the Mass.’
      • ‘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.’


Late 16th century: from Greek anamnēsis remembrance.