Father of Medicine, c460–c377 b.c., Greek physician.

Related formsHip·po·crat·ic [hip-uh-krat-ik] /ˌhɪp əˈkræt ɪk/, Hip·po·crat·i·cal, adjective
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  • In accordance with the advice of Hippocrates, the journey to Olympia was undertaken.


    Lydia Maria Child

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for hippocrates



?460–?377 bc, Greek physician, commonly regarded as the father of medicine
Derived FormsHippocratic or Hippocratical, adjective
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hippocrates in Medicine


[hĭ-pŏkrə-tēz′]Called “the Father of Medicine.” 460?-377? bc

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


[hĭ-pŏkrə-tēz′]460?-377? bce

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



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

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