Definitions for "Nonmaleficence"
an ethical principle that requires that we do no harm.
A fundamental principle, embodied in the Hippocratic Oath's injunction to primum non nocere ("above all, do no harm"). It has special relevance in medicine because many treatments involve the risk of significant harm and because medical research does not necessarily include the maximization of benefit to any given subject. [See Case Studies related to Nonmaleficence
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