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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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  • In accordance with the advice of Hippocrates, the journey to Olympia was undertaken.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Do we see as clearly as Hippocrates 'that the nature of the body can only be understood as a whole'?

    Phaedrus Plato
  • Hippocrates, for instance, has a number of recommendations of this combination for wounds.

  • I know it from better authority than any you can have from Galen or Hippocrates.

  • Hippocrates thus appears to have studied "the natural history of diseases."

    Fathers of Biology Charles McRae
  • The writings which are extant under the name of Hippocrates cannot all be ascribed to him.

    Fathers of Biology Charles McRae
  • This has been recognized, as Hahnemann himself has shown, from the time of Hippocrates.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
British Dictionary definitions for Hippocrates


?460–?377 bc, Greek physician, commonly regarded as the father of medicine
Derived Forms
Hippocratic, Hippocratical, adjective
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Hippocrates 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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Hippocrates 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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Hippocrates in Culture
Hippocrates [(hi-pok-ruh-teez)]

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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