Definition of Hippocratic oath in English:

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Hippocratic oath

Pronunciation: /ˌhɪpəˌkratɪk ˈəʊθ/


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.
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.


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

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