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noun
an oath embodying the duties and obligations of physicians, usually taken by those about to enter upon the practice of medicine.
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Origin of Hippocratic oath

First recorded in 1740–50
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British Dictionary definitions for Hippocratic oath

Hippocratic oath
/ (ˌhɪpəʊˈkrætɪk) /

noun
an oath taken by a doctor to observe a code of medical ethics supposedly derived from that of Hippocrates
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Cultural definitions for Hippocratic oath

Hippocratic oath
[ (hip-uh-krat-ik) ]

A traditional oath of physicians, who pledge to practice medicine according to the ideals and moral principles put forth by Hippocrates.

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