[ in-skrip-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˈskrɪp ʃən /


Nearby words

  1. insatiability,
  2. insatiable,
  3. insatiate,
  4. inscape,
  5. inscribe,
  6. inscriptive,
  7. inscroll,
  8. inscrutability,
  9. inscrutable,
  10. insculp

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 formsin·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. 2019

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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 Formsinscriptional 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

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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

Medicine 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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