[in-skrip-shuh n]
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  1. something inscribed.
  2. a historical, religious, or other record cut, impressed, painted, or written on stone, brick, metal, or other hard surface.
  3. a brief, usually informal dedication, as of a book or a work of art.
  4. a note, as a dedication, that is written and signed by hand in a book.
  5. the act of inscribing.
  6. Pharmacology. the part of a prescription indicating the drugs and the amounts to be mixed.
  7. British.
    1. an issue of securities or stocks.
    2. a block of shares in a stock, as bought or sold by one person.
  8. 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 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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for inscription


  1. something inscribed, esp words carved or engraved on a coin, tomb, etc
  2. a signature or brief dedication in a book or on a work of art
  3. the act of inscribing
  4. 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.)).

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inscription in Medicine


  1. 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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