nosto-, nost- +
(Greek: return home)
2. A mixed feeling of happiness, sadness, and longing when recalling a person, place, or event from the past.
3. Originally a medical term for a severe melancholia caused by protracted absence from home.
4. The pain of longing to return home, to a former time in one’s life, or to familiar people and surroundings; severe home sickness.
5. Etymology: from 1770, "severe homesickness" (considered as a disease), Modern Latin, coined in 1668 by Johannes Hofer as a rendering of German heimweh, from Greek nostos, "homecoming" + algos, "pain, grief, distress". Transferred sense (the main modern one) of "wistful yearning for the past" was first recorded in 1920.
The transferred sense of "wistful yearning for a past or earlier time", was first recorded in D.H. Lawrence's The Lost Girl in 1920.
Homesickness or a strong desire to return to one's home
The pain of longing to return home, to a former time in one’s life, or to familiar people and surroundings; severe home sickness. This illustration suggests that at least one of the Panda bears wants to return to China, its native land.
A nostalgic feeling is considered to be a mixed feeling of happiness, sadness, and longing when recalling a person, place, or event from the past.
2. A reference to a condition of being homesick; homesickness.
3. Caused by nostalgia; later, affected with nostalgia; that is, "unhappy at being away and longing for familiar things or people".
2. The study of senility, gerontology, and geriatrics.
Based on the idea that some aspects of "later life [senility] is somewhat like returning to early years".
2. An intense homesickness or an irresistible urge to return home.
3. An overwhelming desire to return home or to go back to familiar places.
4. Homesickness as an illness.