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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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  • According to modern botanists, black hellebore is not, as was for long supposed the of Hippocrates.

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

    Fathers of Biology Charles McRae
  • In the well-known words of Hippocrates, “οὐδὲν ἕτερον ἑτέρου θειότερον οὐδὲ ἀνθρωπινώτερον, ἀλλὰ πάντα θεῖα.”

    Science and Medieval Thought Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt
  • This has been recognized, as Hahnemann himself has shown, from the time of Hippocrates.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • His only hope now lay in the warm friendship which for so many years had bound him to the Hippocrates of the sixteenth century.

    Catherine de' Medici Honore de Balzac
  • Aristotle was the authority in philosophy, Hippocrates and Galen in medicine.

  • The collection of Hippocrates's Aphorisms fills seven of the books; no medical work of antiquity can compare with these.

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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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