- 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.).
- to lay down rules; direct; dictate.
- Medicine/Medical. to designate remedies, treatment, etc., to be used.
- Law. to claim a right or title by virtue of long use and enjoyment; make a prescriptive claim. (usually followed by for or to).
Origin of prescribe
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Related Words for prescribedrecommended, arbitrary, ethical, prescriptive, magistral, thetic, thetical
Examples from the Web for prescribed
Contemporary Examples of prescribed
He was prescribed a course of hormone pills that caused him to grow breasts and rendered him impotent.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
As such, it could not be prescribed by physicians and could not be dispensed by pharmacies.The Chronic Chronicles: A History of Pot
July 6, 2014
“Overdose rates are higher where these drugs are prescribed more frequently,” says Frieden.Painkiller Overdoses Kill More Than One American Every Hour
July 1, 2014
She began to attend therapy and to see a psychiatrist, who prescribed an antidepressant.One Breakdown Can Mean Losing Your Kid Forever
May 30, 2014
Codeine should not have been prescribed for these patients because its metabolism in children varies widely from person to person.Codeine Still Widely Prescribed to Kids Despite Decades-Old Warnings
April 24, 2014
Historical Examples of prescribed
They recite in a timid and indistinct tone the prescribed fustian.
For this end he is fed, clothed, and prescribed for in sickness.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
In short, fat is eaten daily by all ranks of people, in some way or other, in much larger quantities than is prescribed for soup.
A patient of his, you might say; anyhow, he prescribed for her.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
If he caught cold there was the medicine Doctor Harley had prescribed.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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)
Word Origin for prescribe
"to write down as a direction," mid-15c., from Latin praescribere "write beforehand" (see prescription). Related: Prescribed; prescribing. Medical sense is from 1580s, probably a back formation from prescription.
- To give directions, either orally or in writing, for the preparation and administration of a remedy to be used in the treatment of a disease.