Hippocratic face


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Related to Hippocratic face: hippocratic facies, Leonine facies

hip·po·crat·ic fa·ci·es

, facies hippocratica
a pinched expression of the face, with sunken eyes, concavity of cheeks and temples, relaxed lips, and leaden complexion; observed in one close to death after severe and prolonged illness.
Synonym(s): hippocratic face
A physiognomy characteristic of advanced untreated preterminal peritonitis, which Hippocrates described as ‘...hollow eyes, collapsed temples; the ears, cold, contracted and their lobes turned out; the skin about the forehead being rough, distended and parched; the colour of the whole face being brown, black, livid or lead-coloured...’

Hippocratic face

A physiognomy characteristic of advanced, untreated, preterminal peritonitis, who Hippocrates described as having '…hollow eyes, collapsed temples; the ears, cold, contracted and their lobes turned out; the skin about the forehead being rough, distended and parched; the color of the whole face being brown, black, livid or lead-colored…'; these facial features are also described in celiac sprue. Cf Triangular face.

hip·po·crat·ic fa·ci·es

(hip'ō-krat'ik fash'ē-ēz)
A pinched expression of the face, with sunken eyes, concavity of cheeks and temples, relaxed lips, and leaden complexion; observed in one close to death after severe and prolonged illness.
Synonym(s): hippocratic face.