- 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.
- an act of prescribing.
- that which is prescribed.
- 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.
- (of drugs) sold only upon medical prescription; ethical.Compare over-the-counter(def 2).
Origin of prescription
Related Words for prescriptionremedy, instruction, recipe, drug, edict, direction, mixture, ordinance, prescript, decree, rule, preparation, regulation, law
Examples from the Web for prescription
Contemporary Examples of prescription
Term limits could be a prescription to speed change along.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
I take calcium and vitamin D supplements, but prescription medications are generally only for women in menopause.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
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
December 18, 2014
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.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
And 9,869 people died from prescription opioids in 2012, a decrease from 2011, back to 2008 levels.Heroin Overdoses Double in Two Years
October 2, 2014
Historical Examples of prescription
Duncan, alone in the store, was busy behind the prescription counter.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
I want details of the new process—the prescription, in fact.
I cannot give you the prescription because it is a trade secret.
Von Holzen had destroyed the prescription before her on purpose.
At the end he made a note in his card-index and wrote out a prescription.The Education of Eric Lane
- 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
- (modifier) (of drugs) available legally only with a doctor's prescription
- written instructions from an optician specifying the lenses needed to correct defects of vision
- (as modifier)prescription glasses
- the act of prescribing
- something that is prescribed
- a long established custom or a claim based on one
- 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
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.
- 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.