anachoresis

anachoresis

An obsolete term that formerly dignified the attraction of microorganisms or metal particles to a focus of inflammation.

anachoresis

preferential collection or deposit of particles at a site, as of bacteria or metals that have localized out of the bloodstream in areas of inflammation.
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Athanasius, in his Vita Antonii, describes Antony's spiritual journey as an anachoresis a sequence of withdrawals from the world.
Many ascetics remained in or near inhabited areas to pursue the ideal of anachoresis, literally "withdrawal.