- 1(Of a medical practitioner) advise and authorize the use of (a medicine or treatment) for someone, especially in writing: her doctor prescribed sleeping tablets [with two objects]: he was prescribed a course of antibioticsMore example sentences
- Afterward, your doctor may prescribe preventive medicine to help you control your headaches without having to rely so heavily on pain remedies.
- Medical schools no longer taught complementary and alternative medicine, so doctors didn't prescribe those treatments.
- Your doctor may prescribe medicines if you have a pacemaker and your heart rate is too fast.
- 1.1Recommend (a substance or action) as something beneficial: marriage is often prescribed as a universal remedyMore example sentences
- As a breeder, I recommend and prescribe the diet I prefer using for my own dogs and that has worked best for me.
- Mr. Joseph will inspect plants, prescribe fertilizers and pesticides and suggest measures to revitalise them.
- I prescribed herbs for her - milk thistle and dandelion - and the levels of toxins in her liver came down.
- 2State authoritatively or as a rule that (an action or procedure) should be carried out: rules prescribing five acts for a play are purely arbitraryMore example sentences
- In particular, it must be a source of some concern that the 1981 Act prescribes no real procedures or mechanisms under which a decision to order the slaughter of animals takes place.
- The Code of Practice also indicates the form that managers reviews should take, although it does not prescribe specific procedures.
- It details the statutory duties of various public functionaries while prescribing the procedures to be adopted for the timely collection and preservation of vital pieces of evidence.
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- I think it is a loophole in the law because they are not prescribable products.
- Only the tested, prescribable medications do that.
- It never fails, and the uncontrollable sniggering and whooping that follows is one of the best pick-me-ups prescribable.
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- He said: ‘Because of that increased risk, there should have been a warning to prescribers and users.’
- The report recommended that a monitoring system be set up to track prescriptions, that irresponsible prescribers be prosecuted and that further legislation be introduced.
- They've also acknowledged the need to increase the amount of information being provided to consumers, to patients, to prescribers.
late Middle English (in the sense 'confine within bounds', also as a legal term meaning 'claim by prescription'): from Latin praescribere 'direct in writing', from prae 'before' + scribere 'write'.
The verbs prescribe and proscribe do not have the same meaning. Prescribe is a much commoner word and means either ‘issue a medical prescription’ or ‘recommend with authority’, as in the doctor prescribed antibiotics . Proscribe, on the other hand, is a formal word meaning ‘condemn or forbid’, as in gambling was strictly proscribed by the authorities .