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.).
- pre·scrib·a·ble, adjective
- pre·scrib·er, noun
- mis·pre·scribe, verb, mis·pre·scribed, mis·pre·scrib·ing.
- non·pre·scrib·er, noun
- o·ver·pre·scribe, verb, o·ver·pre·scribed, o·ver·pre·scrib·ing.
- re·pre·scribe, verb (used with object), re·pre·scribed, re·pre·scrib·ing.
- prescribe , proscribe
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How to use prescribe in a sentence
Intentional fire, as she sees it, is “a tool and anyone who’s managing land is going to have prescribed fire in their toolbox.”They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen? | by Elizabeth Weil | August 28, 2020 | ProPublica
This is followed by narrowly prescribed drug treatments that have been worked out over several years of controlled trials and clinical experience.How Pseudoscientists Get Away With It - Facts So Romantic | Stuart Firestein | August 28, 2020 | Nautilus
For patients who depend on these mail-only services, a general practitioner will often prescribe birth control if needed.USPS delays threaten women’s access to birth control | ehinchliffe | August 27, 2020 | Fortune
It involves a set of behaviors and norms that shape how men and women act, prescribe how they ought to be, and specify what it means to be a man or a woman.No, Animals Do Not Have Genders - Facts So Romantic | Cailin O'Connor | August 26, 2020 | Nautilus
Some other doctors at the medical center were also prescribing steroids — usually prednisone, but sometimes methylprednisolone or dexamethasone — for some patients.A blood test may show which COVID-19 patients steroids will help — or harm | Tina Hesman Saey | July 22, 2020 | Science News
For people with SAD, or a bad case of the winter blues, doctors might prescribe a certain amount of light exposure.Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder With This New Tracker | DailyBurn | November 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If there were a pill with such poor efficacy, it might be considered malpractice to prescribe it.‘The Biggest Loser’ Could Be TV’s Most Important Show Ever | Daniela Drake | September 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Though I prescribe hardly any narcotic pain medications, most ADHD medications are also Schedule II.
I can open a practice and prescribe medications whether or not I have it.
Your doctor can help pinpoint any potential roadblocks and, in some cases, might prescribe medication to help you ovulate.Exercise and Fertility: Are You Too Fit to Get Pregnant? | DailyBurn | August 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The statutes usually prescribe how notice of the joint meeting shall be given.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
A lease to a specified day continues during the whole of it, though custom or statute may prescribe a different rule.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Others give their motives for everything which they affirm, and for the plan which they prescribe for cure.Ancient Faiths And Modern | Thomas Inman
The above report is published simply as another example of the ethical proprietaries that physicians are asked to prescribe.
If you want to deprive your patients and yourselves of the indisputable good of our preparations, simply do not prescribe them.
British Dictionary definitions for prescribe
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)
- prescriber, noun
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