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prescription

Syllabification: pre·scrip·tion
Pronunciation: /prəˈskripSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of prescription in English:

noun

1An instruction written by a medical practitioner that authorizes a patient to be provided a medicine or treatment: he scribbled a prescription for tranquilizers antidepressants available only by prescription [as modifier]: prescription drugs
More example sentences
  • In brief, the general practitioner writes a prescription which the patient takes to the pharmacist.
  • The authors conclude that at least 7 percent of prescriptions written for pediatric patients in the emergency department are not filled.
  • Then I go to attend to my patients and write prescriptions and directions for their ailments.
Synonyms
instruction, authorization
informal scrip
archaic recipe
1.1The action of prescribing a medicine or treatment: the unnecessary prescription of antibiotics
More example sentences
  • Exercise and dietary therapy precedes prescription of medication by physicians.
  • These results may have consequences for more targeted prescription of ocular antibiotics.
  • Doctors will usually be less able than exercise teachers to advise on the individualised prescription of particular exercises or activities.
1.2A medicine or remedy that is prescribed: I’ve got to pick up my prescription
More example sentences
  • Angus waited outside whilst I went in and bought Gerald's medicine, a continuing prescription routinely picked up once a month.
  • But with prescriptions like antibiotics, the medication must be finished for it to be effective.
  • At the chemist picking up my prescription, I saw two young guys standing in line.
Synonyms
medicine, drugs, medication
2A recommendation that is authoritatively put forward: effective prescriptions for sustaining rural communities
More example sentences
  • Your institution may have recommendations or prescriptions about the form this should take.
  • Put that way, those recommendations sound like a prescription for improvement of ecology in general, not just studies of urbanization effects.
  • However, the letter demonstrates that recommendations and prescriptions for society often reflect individual biases and belief systems.
Synonyms
method, measure;
recommendation, suggestion, recipe, formula
2.1The authoritative recommendation of an action or procedure: rather than prescription there would be guidance
More example sentences
  • Sex education in schools is no bad thing, providing it scores high on non-judgemental advice and information and low on recommendation and prescription.
  • He offers no formulaic prescription in this book.
  • The power of his book lies not in prescription, but rather in his acute, erudite and provocative historical analysis.
3 (also positive prescription) Law The establishment of a claim founded on the basis of a long or indefinite period of uninterrupted use or of long-standing custom.
Example sentences
  • In order to acquire a right to an easement or right-of-way by prescription, a party must show a clear period of continuous use for a period of twenty years.
  • But their immediate impact on the political structure, at a time when the power of prescription and force of custom were over-riding, is difficult to assess.
  • Lastly, the defence of prescription does not apply to public nuisance because no one can acquire the right to commit a crime.

Origin

late Middle English (as a legal term): via Old French from Latin praescriptio(n-), from the verb praescribere (see prescribe). sense 1 dates from the late 16th century.

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