prescription

noun
pre·​scrip·​tion | \ pri-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce prescription (audio) \

Definition of prescription

1a : 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
4a : 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 (such as a recommendation) resembling a doctor's prescription prescriptions for economic recovery
5a : ancient or long continued custom
b : a claim founded upon ancient custom or long continued use
6 : something prescribed as a rule

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Examples of prescription in a Sentence

The drug is only sold with a prescription. I have to pick up my prescription.

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In fact, grapes and raisins are listed third behind over-the-counter and prescription medication in the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s (ASPCC) list of the top 10 animal toxins of 2018. Yvette Manes, Woman's Day, "The Scary Reason You Shouldn’t Feed Your Dogs Grapes," 7 May 2019 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is working on a proposed rule that would require drug companies to disclose the list prices of prescription medications when advertising them directly to consumers on television. WSJ, "Should Drug Prices Be Disclosed in Ads Targeted Directly to Consumers?," 30 Apr. 2019 Her prescription medication for bipolar disorder was also found at the scene. Fox News, "Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication," 6 Sep. 2018 Talking to your child about the health risks associated with abusing ADHD medication and legal implications of sharing prescription medication with others. Philly.com, "The dangers of misusing ADHD medications," 25 June 2018 Sativex, a prescription-only CBD & THC product approved for Multiple Sclerosis pain, also includes beta-caryophyllene. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 Currently available treatments for postpartum depression, usually prescription antidepressants, can take anywhere from four to six weeks to start working. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "The New Postpartum Depression Drug Zulresso Comes With a Catch," 20 Mar. 2019 As of October, Gomperts had filled 600 US prescriptions in just six months. Brian Resnick, Vox, "10 science stories in 2018 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”," 18 Dec. 2018 Like many performers at the time, Elvis was a heavy user of a number of prescription medications including opiates, barbiturates, and sedatives. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Inside the Enduring Mysteries of Elvis Presley's Death," 16 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of prescription

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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prescription

noun

English Language Learners 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

prescription

noun
pre·​scrip·​tion | \ pri-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce prescription (audio) \

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

prescription

noun
pre·​scrip·​tion | \ pri-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce prescription (audio) \

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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prescription

noun
pre·​scrip·​tion | \ pri-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce prescription (audio) \

Legal Definition of prescription

1 : acquisition of an interest (as an easement) in real property that is usually less than a fee by long-term, continuous, open, and hostile use and possession as determined by the law of a jurisdiction gained title by prescription — see also easement by prescription at easement — compare adverse possession at possession

2 in the civil law of Louisiana

a : the running of a period of time set by law after which a right is unenforceable in Louisiana courts but may be enforced in another state forum an interruption of prescription by the prescription of ten years also : the bar to an action that results from prescription — see also peremptory exception — compare peremption
b : the creation of a right by the running of a period of time set by law especially : acquisitive prescription in this entry predial servitudes on property of the state may not be acquired by prescription Louisiana Civil Code
acquisitive prescription \ ə-​ˈkwi-​zə-​tiv-​ \
: acquisition of ownership or other real rights in movables or immovables by continuous, uninterrupted, peaceable, public, and unequivocal possession for a period of time (as 10 years) set by law also : such possession that creates real rights acquisitive prescription is interrupted when the possessor acknowledges the right of the owner Louisiana Civil Code

Note: The Louisiana Civil Code has set various periods of time for acquisitive prescription of movables and immovables. With the shorter periods (as 10 years for immovables or 3 years for movables) the Code also requires that the possessor possess in good faith and under just title. Acquisitive prescription does not run in favor of a person having precarious possession, because he or she possess the property on behalf of or with permission of the owner, until the possessor begins to possess the property on his or her own behalf (as after a lease terminates).

liberative prescription
: a period of time set by law (as one year) after which legal action is barred if no steps have been taken to enforce or litigate the right delictual actions are subject to a liberative prescription of one yearLouisiana Civil Code

Note: Liberative prescription is similar to the common-law statute of limitations.

prescription of nonuse
: the extinguishment or termination of a real right other than ownership as a result of the failure to exercise the right for a period of time (as 10 years) set by law also : the period of time
3 : something prescribed as a rule created a legal prescription against such acts

History and Etymology for prescription

partly from Middle French prescription establishment of a claim, from Late Latin praescription- praescriptio, from Latin, act of writing at the beginning, order, from praescribere to write at the beginning, dictate, order; partly from Latin praescription- praescriptio order

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