[ in-skrip-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˈskrɪp ʃən /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM inscription

in·scrip·tion·al, adjectivein·scrip·tion·less, adjectivepre·in·scrip·tion, nounsu·per·in·scrip·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for inscription

/ (ɪnˈskrɪpʃən) /


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 sentenceCompare utterance 1 (def. 3)

Derived forms of inscription

inscriptional or inscriptive, adjectiveinscriptively, adverb

Word Origin for inscription

C14: from Latin inscriptiō a writing upon, from inscrībere to write upon, from in- ² + scrībere to write
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for inscription

[ ĭn-skrĭpshən ]


The main part of a prescription, indicating the drug or drugs and the quantity of each to be used in the mixture.
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