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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hippocratic oath(noun)

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


  1. 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.


  1. Hippocratic oath(Noun)

    An oath sworn by newly-qualified physicians that they will observe the medical ethics that derived from Hippocrates


  1. Hippocratic Oath

    The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine honestly. It is widely believed to have been written either by Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of western medicine, or by one of his students. The oath is written in Ionic Greek, and is usually included in the Hippocratic Corpus. Classical scholar Ludwig Edelstein proposed that the oath was written by Pythagoreans, a theory that has been questioned due to the lack of evidence for a school of Pythagorean medicine. Of historic and traditional value, the oath is considered a rite of passage for practitioners of medicine in many countries, although nowadays the modernized version of the text varies among them. The Hippocratic Oath is one of the most widely known of Greek medical texts. It requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Hippocratic Oath

    An oath, attributed to Hippocrates, that serves as an ethical guide for the medical profession.

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