case history


Definition of case history

: a record of history, environment, and relevant details of a case especially for use in analysis or illustration

Examples of case history in a Sentence

The patient's case history showed recurring fits of depression.
Recent Examples on the Web In similar cases, an investigator's entire case history must be reviewed. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 14 Oct. 2021 Sandgren received an exemption after Australian health officials assessed his case history. Ken Maguire, Star Tribune, 14 Jan. 2021 The latest penalties are calculated using each hospital case history between July 2016 and June 2019, so the flood of coronavirus patients that have swamped hospitals this year were not included. Jordan Rau, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2020 As in a Freudian case history, new pieces kept fitting into the puzzle. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2020 Sessions, in particular, is the perfect case history of this phenomenon. Ruth Ben-ghiat, The New York Review of Books, 12 Aug. 2020 This is Trump as a case history instead of Trump as the expression of a deep rupture in the country. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 7 Aug. 2020 One does not have to go that far back in cinema to find another film besides Jon Avnet’s newly released Three Christs that is based on medical case history. Rick Moody, The New York Review of Books, 12 Jan. 2020 The report summarizes the agency’s decade-long case history with her in two sentences. oregonlive, 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of case history

1894, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of case history

: a record that shows a person's past illnesses, treatments, and other information for use by doctors, social workers, etc.

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Medical Definition of case history

: a record of an individual's personal or family history and environment for use in analysis or instructive illustration

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