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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  • This sign is still used by physicians and is known as Hippocratic succussion.

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

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for hippocratic



?460–?377 bc, Greek physician, commonly regarded as the father of medicine
Derived FormsHippocratic or 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


[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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hippocratic 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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hippocratic in Culture



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

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