Definition of the Hippocratic oath noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Hippocratic oath

BrE BrE//ˌhɪpəkrætɪk ˈəʊθ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhɪpəkrætɪk ˈoʊθ//
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the promise that doctors make to keep to the principles of the medical profession Word Originmid 18th cent.: Hippocratic from medieval Latin Hippocraticus ‘relating to Hippocrates’ (c. 460-377 BC), the Greek physician traditionally regarded as the father of medicine.
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