Simple Definition of prescription
: a written message from a doctor that officially tells someone to use a medicine, therapy, etc.
: a medicine or drug that a doctor officially tells someone to use
: something that is suggested as a way to do something or to make something happen
Full Definition of prescription
1 a : the establishment of a claim of title to something under common law usually by use and enjoyment for a period fixed by statute b : the right or title acquired under common law by such possession
2 : the process of making claim to something by long use and enjoyment
3 : the action of laying down authoritative rules or directions
4 a : a written direction for a therapeutic or corrective agent; specifically : one for the preparation and use of a medicine b : a prescribed medicine c : something (as a recommendation) resembling a doctor's prescription <prescriptions for economic recovery>
5 a : ancient or long continued custom b : a claim founded upon ancient custom or long continued use
6 : something prescribed as a rule
Examples of prescription
The drug is only sold with a prescription.
I have to pick up my prescription.
Origin of prescription
partly from Middle English prescripcion establishment of a claim, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin praescription-, praescriptio, from Latin, act of writing at the beginning, order, limitation of subject matter, from praescribere; partly from Latin praescription-, praescriptio order
First Known Use: 14th century
PRESCRIPTION Defined for Kids
Definition of prescription
1 : a written direction or order for the preparing and use of a medicine
2 : a medicine that is ordered by a doctor as a remedy
Medical Definition of prescription
1: a written direction for the preparation, compounding, and administration of a medicine
2: a prescribed remedy
3: a written formula for the grinding of corrective lenses for eyeglasses
4: a written direction for the application of physical therapy measures (as directed exercise or electrotherapy) in cases of injury or disability
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