Hippocratic oath
noun Date: 1747 an oath embodying a code of medical ethics usually taken by those about to begin medical practice

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Hippocratic oath — 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. [PJC] Note: An English translation of the oath reads: I swear by Apollo the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hippocratic oath — ► NOUN ▪ a former oath taken by those beginning medical practice to observe a code of professional behaviour (parts of which are still used in some medical schools). ORIGIN with reference to Hippocrates, a Greek physician of the 5th century BC …   English terms dictionary

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  • Hippocratic Oath — One of the oldest binding documents in history, the Oath written by Hippocrates is still held sacred by physicians: to treat the ill to the best of one s ability, to preserve a patient s privacy, to teach the secrets of medicine to the next… …   Medical dictionary

  • Hippocratic oath — an oath embodying the duties and obligations of physicians, usually taken by those about to enter upon the practice of medicine. [1740 50] * * * ▪ ethical code       ethical code attributed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, adopted as a …   Universalium

  • Hippocratic oath — [[t]hɪ̱pəkrætɪk o͟ʊθ[/t]] N SING: the N The Hippocratic oath is a formal promise made by recently qualified doctors that they will follow the standards set by their profession and try to preserve life …   English dictionary

  • Hippocratic oath — [ˌhɪpə kratɪk] noun a former oath taken by those beginning medical practice, affirming their obligations and proper conduct, parts of which are still used in some medical schools. Origin C18: Hippocratic from med. L. Hippocraticus relating to… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Hippocratic oath — Hip′pocrat′ic oath′ n. an oath embodying the duties and obligations of physicians, usu. taken by those about to enter upon the practice of medicine • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • Hippocratic oath — noun An oath sworn by newly qualified physicians that they will observe the medical ethics that derived from …   Wiktionary

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