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[hi-pok-ruh-teez] /hɪˈpɒk rəˌtiz/
("Father of Medicine") c460–c377 b.c, Greek physician.
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[hip-uh-krat-ik] /ˌhɪp əˈkræt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
Hippocratical, adjective Unabridged
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  • There is evidence in the hippocratic treatise peri sarkwn of an attempt to apply this doctrine to the human body.

  • The method of the hippocratic writers is that known to-day as the ‘inductive’.

  • Some of the spurious Greek works of the hippocratic collection have also case notes.

  • Admirable, too, is the hippocratic description of dislocation of the shoulder and of the jaw.

  • She merely turned the hippocratic face to the spectator, with the old diagnosis of death in her sharp, contracted features.

  • The same passage is, however, repeated twice in the hippocratic writings, viz.

British Dictionary definitions for hippocratic


?460–?377 bc, Greek physician, commonly regarded as the father of medicine
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Hippocratic, Hippocratical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for hippocratic



1610s, from Medieval Latin Hippocraticus, pertaining to Hippocrates (c.460-377 B.C.E.), the famous ancient Greek physician. Hippocratic Oath is attested from 1747; it is in the spirit of Hippocrates but was not written by him. The name is literally "one superior in horses."

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hippocratic in Medicine

Hippocrates Hip·poc·ra·tes (hĭ-pŏk'rə-tēz'), Called “the Father of Medicine.”. 460?-377? b.c.

Greek physician who laid the foundations of scientific medicine by freeing medical study from the constraints of philosophical speculation and superstition. He is traditionally but inaccurately considered the author of the Hippocratic oath.

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hippocratic in Science
Greek physician who is credited with establishing the foundations of scientific medicine. He and his followers worked to distinguish medicine from superstition and magic beliefs by basing their treatment of illness on close observation and rational deduction.
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hippocratic in Culture
Hippocrates [(hi-pok-ruh-teez)]

An ancient Greek physician (the “father of medicine”) who is credited with founding the study of medicine.

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