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 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, "Medicare will fine half of U.S. hospitals for readmitting too many patients pre-COVID," 2 Nov. 2020 As in a Freudian case history, new pieces kept fitting into the puzzle. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, "Can Greek Tragedy Get Us Through the Pandemic?," 1 Sep. 2020 Sessions, in particular, is the perfect case history of this phenomenon. Ruth Ben-ghiat, The New York Review of Books, "Co-opt & Corrupt: How Trump Bent and Broke the GOP," 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, "The Helpless Outrage of the Anti-Trump Book," 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, "‘Three Christs,’ Schizophrenia & Us," 12 Jan. 2020 The report summarizes the agency’s decade-long case history with her in two sentences. oregonlive, "Oregon will pay $1.7 million after mother, daughter killed by teen foster son," 6 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of case history

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Case history.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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