Definition of Hippocratic oath in English:

Hippocratic oath


  • An oath stating the obligations and proper conduct of doctors, formerly taken by those beginning medical practice. Parts of the oath are still used in some medical schools.

    • ‘It is embodied in the Hippocratic oath and in the ethical codes of virtually all health-related professions.’
    • ‘The best known written code for practitioners, drawn up by insiders, is the Hippocratic oath.’
    • ‘This may sound odd if your vision of medical ethics is the application to medicine of the Hippocratic oath.’
    • ‘I never expected to be treated like this and I just think that a doctor who takes the Hippocratic oath has to act in his patients' best interests.’
    • ‘It is perhaps a strange quirk of the Hippocratic oath that doctors can judge what is in our best interests.’
    • ‘I cannot believe that a surgeon who performs an operation with which he or she is not happy is fulfilling the Hippocratic oath.’
    • ‘‘You will treat me like any other patient who walks through that door, as per your Hippocratic oath.’’
    • ‘The very Hippocratic oath contains a clause speaking out against abortion.’
    • ‘He also wrote an alternative Hippocratic oath, now recited by Tufts and other graduates.’
    • ‘Have the Hippocratic oath or the Ten Commandments been validated?’
    • ‘He remained out of loyalty to his Hippocratic oath.’
    • ‘First, it is often mistakenly thought to be part of the Hippocratic oath, an assertion that I see made regularly in the lay press.’
    • ‘But there should also be a community organizers' version of the Hippocratic oath: ‘First, do no harm.’’
    • ‘The best known of these were enshrined in the Hippocratic oath.’
    • ‘‘Do no harm,’ the Hippocratic oath tells doctors.’
    • ‘Of all the institutes that swear oaths, only three use the classic Hippocratic oath.’
    • ‘So I think that was the first - it's like the Hippocratic oath with doctors: First, do no harm.’
    • ‘I shook hands with the dean, swore the Hippocratic oath, signed up with the Medical Defence Union, and went to a party.’
    • ‘That is the central imperative of the Hippocratic oath, traditionally taken by doctors across the Western world.’
    • ‘Oh, and the beauty is that according to the Hippocratic oath I should've left you the samples alone and let myself die.’


Mid 18th century: Hippocratic from medieval Latin Hippocraticus ‘relating to Hippocrates’ (see Hippocrates).


Hippocratic oath

/ˌhɪpəˌkratɪk ˈəʊθ/