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[in-skrip-shuh n] /ɪnˈskrɪp ʃən/
something inscribed.
a historical, religious, or other record cut, impressed, painted, or written on stone, brick, metal, or other hard surface.
a brief, usually informal dedication, as of a book or a work of art.
a note, as a dedication, that is written and signed by hand in a book.
the act of inscribing.
Pharmacology. the part of a prescription indicating the drugs and the amounts to be mixed.
  1. an issue of securities or stocks.
  2. a block of shares in a stock, as bought or sold by one person.
Also called legend. Numismatics. the lettering in the field of a coin, medal, etc.
Origin of inscription
1350-1400; Middle English inscripcio(u)n < Latin inscrīptiōn- (stem of inscrīptiō), equivalent to inscrīpt(us) (past participle of inscrībere to inscribe) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
inscriptional, adjective
inscriptionless, adjective
preinscription, noun
superinscription, noun Unabridged
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  • Porson, when asked for an inscription for the box, suggested "Τῷ βακχῳ."

  • They put an inscription on her tomb praising her fidelity and probity.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • In the inscription to which reference has already been made, the price was eight asses.

    The Satyricon, Complete Petronius Arbiter
  • As the inscription had been effaced by time, it was left there to be used as a seat.

    The Basket of Flowers Christoph von Schmid
  • The inscription states that the Duchess had issue thirteen children, eight sons and five daughters.

    Chelsea George Bryan
British Dictionary definitions for inscription


something inscribed, esp words carved or engraved on a coin, tomb, etc
a signature or brief dedication in a book or on a work of art
the act of inscribing
(philosophy, linguistics) an element of written language, esp a sentence Compare utterance1 (sense 3)
Derived Forms
inscriptional, inscriptive, adjective
inscriptively, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin inscriptiō a writing upon, from inscrībere to write upon, from in-² + scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for inscription

late 14c., from Latin inscriptionem (nominative inscriptio) "a writing upon, inscription," noun of action from past participle stem of inscribere "inscribe, to write on or in anything," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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inscription in Medicine

inscription in·scrip·tion (ĭn-skrĭp'shən)
The main part of a prescription, indicating the drug or drugs and the quantity of each to be used in the mixture.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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