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noun pre·scrip·tion \pri-ˈskrip-shən\

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. 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. 2 :  the process of making claim to something by long use and enjoyment

  3. 3 :  the action of laying down authoritative rules or directions

  4. 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. 5 a :  ancient or long continued custom b :  a claim founded upon ancient custom or long continued use

  6. 6 :  something prescribed as a rule

Examples of prescription

  1. The drug is only sold with a prescription.

  2. 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


noun pre·scrip·tion \pri-ˈskrip-shən\

Definition of prescription

  1. 1 :  a written direction or order for the preparing and use of a medicine

  2. 2 :  a medicine that is ordered by a doctor as a remedy

Medical Dictionary


noun pre·scrip·tion \pri-ˈskrip-shən\

Medical Definition of prescription

  1. 1:  a written direction for the preparation, compounding, and administration of a medicine

  2. 2:  a prescribed remedy

  3. 3:  a written formula for the grinding of corrective lenses for eyeglasses

  4. 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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