Hippocratic face
Hippocratic Hip"po*crat"ic, a. Of or pertaining to Hippocrates, or to his teachings. [1913 Webster]

{Hippocratic face} [L. facies Hippocratica], the change produced in the countenance by death, or long sickness, excessive evacuations, excessive hunger, and the like. The nose is pinched, the eyes are sunk, the temples hollow, the ears cold and retracted, the skin of the forehead tense and dry, the complexion livid, the lips pendent, relaxed, and cold; -- so called, as having been described by Hippocrates. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]


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