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[soo-per-skrip-shuh n] /ˌsu pərˈskrɪp ʃən/
the act of superscribing.
something that is superscribed.
an address on a letter, parcel, or the like.
Pharmacology. the sign ℞, meaning “take,” at the beginning of a prescription.
Origin of superscription
1350-1400; Middle English superscripcioun < Late Latin superscrīptiōn- (stem of superscrīptiō) a writing above. See superscript, -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Yet the superscription is of his dictating, I dare say, for he is a formal wretch.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Under the superscription, written with a pencil, after she went down.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I said, in deep-toned grief, as I looked up from the superscription, "is that honest!"

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • It was wet, and the ink of the superscription was beginning to run.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • This, without signature or superscription, he put into an envelope, and addressed.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The officer received it and read the superscription audibly.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • Sitting on the side of her bed, she broke the seal and looked at the superscription.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • "The man writes a mighty nice hand," said Maria, scanning the superscription.

  • I have sealed up the bond, with this superscription,—'Colonel Sewell's bond.'

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • Yes, every word of it, except the superscription of the witnesses.

British Dictionary definitions for superscription


the act of superscribing
a superscribed title, address, etc
the symbol (℞) at the head of a medical prescription, which stands for the Latin word recipe (take)
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superscription in Medicine

superscription su·per·scrip·tion (sōō'pər-skrĭp'shən)
The part of a prescription that bears the Latin word recipe represented by ℞.

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