[soo-per-skrip-shuh n]


the act of superscribing.
something that is superscribed.
an address on a letter, parcel, or the like.
Pharmacology. the sign ℞, meaning “take,” at the beginning of a prescription.

Origin of superscription

1350–1400; Middle English superscripcioun < Late Latin superscrīptiōn- (stem of superscrīptiō) a writing above. See superscript, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for superscription

Historical Examples of superscription

  • Yet the superscription is of his dictating, I dare say, for he is a formal wretch.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Under the superscription, written with a pencil, after she went down.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I said, in deep-toned grief, as I looked up from the superscription, "is that honest!"

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • It was wet, and the ink of the superscription was beginning to run.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • This, without signature or superscription, he put into an envelope, and addressed.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for superscription



the act of superscribing
a superscribed title, address, etc
the symbol (℞) at the head of a medical prescription, which stands for the Latin word recipe (take)
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superscription in Medicine




The part of a prescription that bears the Latin word recipe represented by ℞.
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