(Greek: a suffix; pertaining to; of the nature of, like; in chemistry, it denotes a higher valence of the element than is expressed by -ous)
2. Bending back; refracted.
The anacoustic zone is also known as the "zone of silence".
2. Relating to living or growing where there is no atmospheric oxygen: There are many investigative projects undertaken to study the possibilities of anaerobic farming in space.
Anaerobic bacteria get their oxygen by decomposing compounds containing oxygen.
2. A reference to habitats devoid of, or significantly depleted in, molecular oxygen or Earth's air.
2. The art of copying works in relief, or of engraving as to give the subject an embossed or raised appearance; used in representing coins, bas-reliefs, etc.
A bas-relief, or low relief, is a sculptural form in which figures are carved in a flat surface and project only slightly from the background rather than standing freely.
Depending on the degree of projection, reliefs may also be classified as either a high or a medium relief.
2. A reference to anakinesis or an autocatalytic process, thought to be characteristic of living matter, by which certain molecules or atoms are rendered rich in energy and consequently reactive.
2. Restoring, invigorating, or giving strength after disease: An analeptic stimulation puts forth a restorative or invigorating action.
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2. Descriptive of being able or inclined to separate things into their constituent parts in order to study or to examine them, to draw conclusions, or to solve problems.
2. Relating to the proposed equivalent of devices that exist for remembering something: It can also apply to a patient's medical history; a doctor might take notes on someone's anamnestic conditions during his or her first visit.
The original, philosophical meaning of anamnestic included taking memories from past existences and using them in a person's current life, through rational thoughst and true knowledge.3. Etymology: Anamnestic is a Greek word that refers to "a calling to mind," from the roots ana-, "back," and mimneskesthai, "to recall" or "to cause to remember."