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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A recalling to mind; recollection.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In psychology, the act or process of reproduction in memory; reminiscence.
  • n. In rhetoric, a figure which consists in calling to remembrance something overlooked.
  • n. In Platonic philosophy, the vague recollection of a state of existence preceding the present life. Is. Taylor.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


Greek anamnēsis, from anamimnēskein, anamnē-, to remind : ana-, ana- + mimnēskein, to recall; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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'.

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  • 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.

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

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

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


  • Plato's anamnesis solution sees inquiry as a kind of deep memory recall.


  • The phone was my anamnesis, in which I knew if I answered directly or if it was handed to me directly, my undivided attention was on demand and it felt either like I produce for these people or they would deny me the profit that was supposed to make my life whole.

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  • A kind of platonic anamnesis, or reminiscence of former existence, it attempts to create and sustain a communal cultural memory in potentially hostile circumstances

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  • 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

  • JM remembers his anamnesis with fondness

    May 26, 2010