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  1. a.d. 980–1037, Islamic physician and philosopher, born in Persia.
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  • For notes on Avicenna's arithmetic, see Woepcke, Propagation, p. 502.

    The Hindu-Arabic Numerals

    David Eugene Smith

  • Then there is a commentary on the "Cantica of Avicenna," and a tractate on the "Theriac."

  • Rhazes, Haly-Abbas, and Avicenna were universally invoked and explained.

  • Some, like Avicenna, went through the whole circle of the sciences.

  • Avicenna: A physician, born in Bokhara, and died at Ispahan, 1037.

British Dictionary definitions for avicenna


  1. Arabic name ibn-Sina. 980–1037, Arab philosopher and physician whose philosophical writings, which combined Aristotelianism with neo-Platonist ideas, greatly influenced scholasticism, and whose medical work Qanun was the greatest single influence on medieval medicine
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Word Origin and History for avicenna


Latinization of name of Ibn Sina (980-1037), Persian philosopher and physician. Full name Abū ‘Alī al-Husayn ibn ‘Abd Allāh ibn Sīnā al-Balkhī.

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avicenna in Medicine


  1. Persian physician and philosopher noted for his Canon of Medicine, a standard medical textbook used in Europe until the 17th century.
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avicenna in Science


  1. See Ibn Sina, Hakim.
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