ANA, or aa, in Medicine, denotes an equal Quantity of any Thing, whether in liquid or dry Measure. See A.

Hence Analectica Proportio is used by some Writers to signify the Ratio, or Proportion of Equality. See EQUALITY, RATIO, &c.

Ana, in Matters of Literature, a Latin Termination, adopted into the Titles of several Books in other Languages——Ana’s, or Books in Ana, are Collections of the memorable Sayings of Persons of Learning, and Wit; much the same with what we otherwise call Table Talk. Wolfius has given the History of Books in Ana, in the Preface to the Casauboniana: He there observes, that though such Titles be new, the Thing itself is very old; that Xenophon’s Books of the Deeds and Sayings of Socrates, as well as the Dialogues of Plato, are Socratiana: That the Apothegms of the Philosophers, collected by Diogenes Laertius; the Sentences of Pythagoras, and those of Epictetus; the Works of Athenaeus, Stobaeus, and divers others, are so many Ana’s. Even the Gemara of the Jews, with several other Oriental Writings, according to Wolfius, properly belong to the same Class. See GEMARA. The Scaligeriana was the first Piece that appeared with a Title in Ana. It was composed from the Writings of Hesfant and Verthunian, who, as it is said, took them from the Mouth of Scaliger, whom they had constantly attended a long time. The first Edition was in 1666. Soon after came the Perroniana, Thuana, Naudeana, Patiniana, Sorberiana, Menagiana, Anti-menagiana, Fureteriana, Chevreana, Leibnitziana, &c. to Arlequiniana.