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an oath embodying the duties and obligations of physicians, usually taken by those about to enter upon the practice of medicine.
an oath taken by a doctor to observe a code of medical ethics supposedly derived from that of Hippocrates

Hippocratic Oath n.
An oath of ethical professional behavior sworn by new physicians and attributed to Hippocrates.
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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