- to lay down, in writing or otherwise, as a rule or a course of action to be followed; appoint, ordain, or enjoin.
- Medicine/Medical. to designate or order the use of (a medicine, remedy, treatment, etc.).
- to lay down rules; direct; dictate.
- Medicine/Medical. to designate remedies, treatment, etc., to be used.
- Law. to claim a right or title by virtue of long use and enjoyment; make a prescriptive claim. (usually followed by for or to).
Origin of prescribe
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Examples from the Web for prescriber
Guaiacum and aconite may be given with equal benefit in any form preferred by the prescriber.
Doctor though I am, and prescriber of drugs, I wonder how much good we really do with our powders and potions.The House of Defence v. 1
E. F. Benson
The immediate exit of the devil was so apparent that the fame of the prescriber as a medical man was made at once.Life in Morocco and Glimpses Beyond
As Charcot has said, in functional disorders it is not so much the prescription which matters as the prescriber.The Nervous Child
Hector Charles Cameron
If the virtue of medicines could be enforced by the benevolence of the prescriber, how soon should I be well.'
- to lay down as a rule or directive
- law to claim or acquire (a right, title, etc) by prescription
- law to make or become invalid or unenforceable by lapse of time
- med to recommend or order the use of (a drug or other remedy)
Word Origin and History for prescriber
"to write down as a direction," mid-15c., from Latin praescribere "write beforehand" (see prescription). Related: Prescribed; prescribing. Medical sense is from 1580s, probably a back formation from prescription.
- To give directions, either orally or in writing, for the preparation and administration of a remedy to be used in the treatment of a disease.