[ pri-skrahyb ]
/ prɪˈskraɪb /
verb (used with object), pre·scribed, pre·scrib·ing.
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.).
verb (used without object), pre·scribed, pre·scrib·ing.
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).
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Origin of prescribe
pre·scrib·a·ble, adjectivepre·scrib·er, nounmis·pre·scribe, verb, mis·pre·scribed, mis·pre·scrib·ing.non·pre·scribed, adjective
non·pre·scrib·er, nouno·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.self-pre·scribed, adjectiveun·pre·scribed, adjective
Can be confusedprescribe proscribe
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British Dictionary definitions for self-prescribed
/ (prɪˈskraɪb) /
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)
Derived Formsprescriber, noun
Word Origin for prescribe
C16: from Latin praescrībere to write previously, from prae before + scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for self-prescribed
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Medicine definitions for self-prescribed
[ prĭ-skrīb′ ]
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.
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