prescription

[ pri-skrip-shuhn ]
/ prɪˈskrɪp ʃən /

noun

Medicine/Medical.
  1. a direction, usually written, by the physician to the pharmacist for the preparation and use of a medicine or remedy.
  2. the medicine prescribed: Take this prescription three times a day.
an act of prescribing.
that which is prescribed.
Law.
  1. 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.
  2. Also called positive prescription . the process of acquiring rights by uninterrupted assertion of the right over a long period of time.
  3. Also called negative prescription . the loss of rights to legal remedy due to the limitation of time within which an action can be taken.

adjective

(of drugs) sold only upon medical prescription; ethical.Compare over-the-counter (def. 2).

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Origin of prescription

1250–1300; Middle English <Medieval Latin praescrīptiōn- (stem of praescrīptiō) legal possession (of property), law, order, literally, a writing before, hence, a heading on a document. See prescript, -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for prescription

prescription
/ (prɪˈskrɪpʃən) /

noun

Word Origin for prescription

C14: from legal Latin praescriptiō an order, prescription; see prescribe
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Medical definitions for prescription

prescription
[ prĭ-skrĭpshən ]

n.

An order, especially by a physician, for the preparation and administration of a medicine, therapeutic regimen, assistive or corrective device, or other treatment.
A prescribed medicine.
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