Definition of Hippocratic oath in English:

Hippocratic oath

Line breaks: Hippo|crat¦ic oath
Pronunciation: /ˌhɪpəˌkratɪk ˈəʊθ
 
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noun

An oath stating the obligations and proper conduct of doctors, formerly taken by those beginning medical practice. Parts of the oath are still used in some medical schools.
More example sentences
  • This may sound odd if your vision of medical ethics is the application to medicine of the Hippocratic oath.
  • I shook hands with the dean, swore the Hippocratic oath, signed up with the Medical Defence Union, and went to a party.
  • The best known written code for practitioners, drawn up by insiders, is the Hippocratic oath.

Origin

mid 18th century: Hippocratic from medieval Latin Hippocraticus 'relating to Hippocrates' (see Hippocrates).

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