hippocratic


hippocratic
Relating to, described by, or attributed to Hippocrates.

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Hip·po·crat·ic .hip-ə-'krat-ik adj of or relating to Hippocrates or to the school of medicine that took his name Hip·poc·ra·tes hip-'äk-rə-.tēz (ca 460 BC-ca 370 BC)
Greek physician. Hippocrates has been traditionally regarded as the founder of medicine. A teacher at an early Greek medical school, he strove to make an art and a science out of medicine and remove it from the realm of magic and superstition. Of the large body of works attributed to him, he probably wrote only a fraction. The corpus of Hippocratic writings covered such topics as diet, exercise, regimen, sleep, and external remedies. Hippocratic medicine divided diseases into acute and chronic, epidemic and endemic, malignant and benign. A basic belief of that school was that the four humors of the body (blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile) were the seats of disease. The Hippocratic oath owes much to the teachings and practice of Hippocrates although he probably did not personally write it.

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hip·po·crat·ic (hip″o-kratґik) pertaining to or described by Hippocrates of Cos, or pertaining to his school of medicine.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Hippocratic — Hip po*crat ic, a. Of or pertaining to Hippocrates, or to his teachings. [1913 Webster] {Hippocratic face} [L. facies Hippocratica], the change produced in the countenance by death, or long sickness, excessive evacuations, excessive hunger, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hippocratic — 1610s, from M.L. 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 lit. one superior …   Etymology dictionary

  • Hippocratic — adj. Hippocratic is used with these nouns: ↑oath …   Collocations dictionary

  • Hippocratic — adjective Date: circa 1620 of or relating to Hippocrates or to the school of medicine that took his name …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Hippocratic — See Hippocrates. * * * …   Universalium

  • Hippocratic — adjective Pertaining to Hippocrates …   Wiktionary

  • Hippocratic — Hip·po·crat·ic || ‚hɪpəʊ krætɪk adj. of or pertaining to Hippocrates (ancient Greek physician) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hippocratic — hip·po·crat·ic …   English syllables

  • Hippocratic — adjective of or relating to Hippocrates or the school of medicine that took his name • Pertains to noun: ↑Hippocrates • Derivationally related forms: ↑Hippocrates …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hippocratic face — Hippocratic Hip po*crat ic, a. Of or pertaining to Hippocrates, or to his teachings. [1913 Webster] {Hippocratic face} [L. facies Hippocratica], the change produced in the countenance by death, or long sickness, excessive evacuations, excessive… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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