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 The case history found 41 incidents of people coming into contact with wolves in Canada. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Like ... a horror movie’: Camper saves family from wolf attack in Canada’s Banff National Park," 14 Aug. 2019 The cursed room is a smart device to get a glimpse of the Warren’s deep case history. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Annabelle’s back and she hasn’t lost her nasty touch," 25 June 2019 Part of the problem was the high court's own convoluted case history: a series of rulings on the intersection of government and religion that some justices acknowledged has left the rules in disarray. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court allows religious display on state land despite challenge over church-state separation," 25 Feb. 2019 Are there themes that turned up in these case histories that still hold true today? Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A history of body horrors from distended scrotums to exploding teeth," 6 Dec. 2018 There is no case history of heroism that isn’t similarly remarkable in this story of Americans from all walks of life, moved by devotion to their comrades, and to country, to extraordinary acts of courage. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Medal of Honor’ Review: Portraits of Heroism," 1 Nov. 2018 The 321-page decision is long on case history and short on legal analysis. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "North Carolina’s Gerrymander Coup," 30 Aug. 2018 Given that medicine is itself a narrative practice—in which the case history has always played a central part—it, too, might benefit from a respect for ambiguity. Lidija Haas, The New Yorker, "Memoirs of Disease and Disbelief," 17 June 2014 Common duties involve reviewing the case history, visiting with the foster child, school teachers, counselors and others involved in the foster child’s life. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "Inspired by one foster child’s story, advocate reaches out to help disadvantaged youth," 22 May 2018

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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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