- a direction, usually written, by the physician to the pharmacist for the preparation and use of a medicine or remedy.
- the medicine prescribed: Take this prescription three times a day.
- Also called positive prescription. a long or immemorial use of some right with respect to a thing so as to give a right to continue such use.
- Also called positive prescription. the process of acquiring rights by uninterrupted assertion of the right over a long period of time.
- Also called negative prescription. the loss of rights to legal remedy due to the limitation of time within which an action can be taken.
Examples from the Web for prescription
Term limits could be a prescription to speed change along.
I take calcium and vitamin D supplements, but prescription medications are generally only for women in menopause.
With prescription drug abuse rampant in the U.S., New York is taking steps to stop it.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic|Dale Eisinger|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His first prescription when I saw him was to have the CAT scan test that I had been forced to postpone for a month and a half.
And 9,869 people died from prescription opioids in 2012, a decrease from 2011, back to 2008 levels.
Miss Prime's prescription for making a good boy was two parts punishment, two parts admonition, and six parts prayer.The Uncalled|Paul Laurence Dunbar
We are not afraid of the non-performance of this part of our prescription.
The prescription is that the subject must be made to show new aspects of itself; to prompt new questions; in a word, to change.
He gave her the pencil and a prescription pad, and she set to work.Mistress Anne|Temple Bailey
The shepherd smiled, "It's your prescription, Doctor," he said.The Shepherd of the Hills|Harold Bell Wright
British Dictionary definitions for prescription
- written instructions from a physician, dentist, etc, to a pharmacist stating the form, dosage strength, etc, of a drug to be issued to a specific patient
- the drug or remedy prescribed
- written instructions from an optician specifying the lenses needed to correct defects of vision
- (as modifier)prescription glasses
- the uninterrupted possession of property over a stated period of time, after which a right or title is acquired (positive prescription)
- the barring of adverse claims to property, etc, after a specified period of time has elapsed, allowing the possessor to acquire title (negative prescription)
- the right or title acquired in either of these ways
Word Origin for prescription
Word Origin and History for prescription
late 14c., in law, "the right to something through long use," from Old French prescription (13c.) and directly from Latin praescriptionem (nominative praescriptio) "a writing before, order, direction," noun of action from past participle stem of praescribere "write before, prefix in writing; ordain, determine in advance," from prae "before" (see pre-) + scribere "to write" (see script (n.)). Medical sense of "written directions from a doctor" first recorded 1570s.