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Pronunciation:  pri'skreepshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a drug that is available only with written instructions from a doctor or dentist to a pharmacist; "he told the doctor that he had been taking his prescription regularly"
  2. [n]  written instructions from a physician or dentist to a druggist concerning the form and dosage of a drug to be issued to a given patient
  3. [n]  written instructions for an optician on the lenses for a given person
  4. [n]  directions prescribed beforehand; the action of prescribing authoritative rules or directions; "I tried to follow her prescription for success"

PRESCRIPTION is a 12 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: ethical drug, prescription drug, prescription medicine
 Antonyms: over-the-counter drug, over-the-counter medicine
 See Also: direction, instruction, medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine, refill, written communication, written language



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre*scrip"tion\, n. [F. prescription, L.
praescriptio, an inscription, preface, precept, demurrer,
prescription (in sense 3), fr. praescribere. See
1. The act of prescribing, directing, or dictating;
   direction; precept; also, that which is prescribed.

2. (Med.) A direction of a remedy or of remedies for a
   disease, and the manner of using them; a medical recipe;
   also, a prescribed remedy.

3. (Law) A prescribing for title; the claim of title to a
   thing by virtue immemorial use and enjoyment; the right or
   title acquired by possession had during the time and in
   the manner fixed by law. --Bacon.

         That profound reverence for law and prescription
         which has long been characteristic of Englishmen.

Note: Prescription differs from custom, which is a local
      usage, while prescription is personal, annexed to the
      person only. Prescription only extends to incorporeal
      rights, such as aright of way, or of common. What the
      law gives of common rights is not the subject of
      prescription. Blackstone. Cruise. Kent. In Scotch law,
      prescription is employed in the sense in which
      limitation is used in England and America, namely, to
      express that operation of the lapse of time by which
      obligations are extinguished or title protected. Sir T.
      Craig. Erskine.