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superscription

[soo-per-skrip-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of superscribing.
  2. something that is superscribed.
  3. an address on a letter, parcel, or the like.
  4. Pharmacology. the sign ℞, meaning “take,” at the beginning of a prescription.
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Origin of superscription

1350–1400; Middle English superscripcioun < Late Latin superscrīptiōn- (stem of superscrīptiō) a writing above. See superscript, -ion
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Related Words for superscription

confirmation, permission, backing, recommendation, commercial, advocacy, favor, ratification, signature, approval, affirmation, fiat, okay, go-ahead, approbation, stroke, qualification, sanction, warrant, countersignature

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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

superscription

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

superscription

(sōō′pər-skrĭpshən)
n.
  1. The part of a prescription that bears the Latin word recipe represented by ℞.
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