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prescribe

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verb pre·scribe \pri-ˈskrīb\

Simple Definition of prescribe

  • : to officially tell someone to use (a medicine, therapy, diet, etc.) as a remedy or treatment

  • : to make (something) an official rule

Full Definition of prescribe

pre·scribedpre·scrib·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lay down a rule :  dictate

  3. 2 [Middle English, from Medieval Latin praescribere, from Latin, to write at the beginning] :  to claim a title to something by right of prescription

  4. 3 :  to write or give medical prescriptions

  5. 4 :  to become by prescription invalid or unenforceable

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 a :  to lay down as a guide, direction, or rule of action :  ordain b :  to specify with authority

  8. 2 :  to designate or order the use of as a remedy <prescribed a painkiller> <a prescribed burn to restore natural forest conditions>

pre·scrib·er noun

Examples of prescribe

  1. This drug should not be prescribed to children.

  2. a drug commonly prescribed to treat rashes

  3. The doctor prescribed three months of physical therapy for my leg injury.

  4. The law prescribes a prison sentence of at least five years for the crime.

  5. The regulations prescribe that all employees must pass a physical examination.

  6. We must follow the rules as prescribed by the government.



Origin of prescribe

Middle English, from Latin praescribere to write at the beginning, dictate, order, from prae- + scribere to write — more at scribe


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

prescribe

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verb pre·scribe \pri-ˈskrīb\

Medical Definition of prescribe

pre·scribedpre·scrib·ing

  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to write or give medical prescriptions

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to designate or order the use of as a remedy <prescribe a drug>





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