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Hippocratic oath definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: an oath taken by physicians to observe medical ethics deriving from Hippocrates

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1747 an oath embodying a code of medical ethics usually taken by those about to begin medical practice

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. an oath formerly taken by doctors affirming their obligations and proper conduct. Etymology: med.L Hippocraticus f. Hippocrates, Gk physician of the 5th c. BC

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Hippocratic Hip"po*crat"ic, a. Of or pertaining to Hippocrates, or to his teachings. Hippocratic face [L. facies Hippocratica], the change produced in the countenance by death, or long sickness, excessive evacuations, excessive hunger, and the like. The nose is pinched, the eyes are sunk, the temples hollow, the ears cold and retracted, the skin of the forehead tense and dry, the complexion livid, the lips pendent, relaxed, and cold; -- so called, as having been described by Hippocrates. --Dunglison. Hippocratic oath, an oath said to have been dictated by Hippocrates to his disciples. Such an oath is still administered to candidates for graduation in medicine.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

The Hippocratic oath is a formal promise made by recently-qualified doctors that they will follow the standards set by their profession and try to preserve life. N-SING: the N



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