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

 

the Hippocratic oath

 noun
noun
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 Origin mid 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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