from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of establishing official rules, laws, or directions.
- n. Something prescribed as a rule.
- n. A written order, especially by a physician, for the preparation and administration of a medicine or other treatment.
- n. A prescribed medicine or other treatment.
- n. An ophthalmologist's or optometrist's written instruction, as for the grinding of corrective lenses.
- n. A formula directing the preparation of something.
- n. Law The process of acquiring title to property by reason of uninterrupted possession of specified duration. Also called positive prescription.
- n. Law The limitation of time beyond which an action, debt, or crime is no longer valid or enforceable. Also called negative prescription.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of prescribing a rule, law, etc..
- n. A period of time within which a right must be exercised, unless the right is extinguished.
- n. A written order, as by a physician, for the administration of a medicine or other intervention. See also scrip.
- n. The prescription medicine or intervention so prescribed.
- n. The formal description of the lens geometry needed for spectacles, etc..
- n. A piece of advice.
- adj. only available with a physician's written prescription
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of prescribing, directing, or dictating; direction; precept; also, that which is prescribed.
- n. A direction of a remedy or of remedies for a disease, and the manner of using them; a medical recipe; also, a prescribed remedy.
- n. A prescribing for title; the claim of title to a thing by virtue of immemorial use and enjoyment; the right or title acquired by possession had during the time and in the manner fixed by law.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of prescribing or establishing by rules; that which is prescribed; direction; prescript.
- n. In medicine, a statement, usually written, of the medicines or remedies to be used by a patient, and the manner of using them.
- n. In law, a personal use or possession sufficiently long continued to secure to one or more persons a title or right as against others; the effect on rights of persons of the immemorial or long-continued and uninterrupted enjoyment of a thing, as a right of way or of common, by one person or class or succession of persons rather than by another or others: as, to acquire possession of a thing by prescription.
- n. Hence, more specifically— The acquisition of a right or title by such enjoyment, called sometimes positive or acquisitive prescription.
- n. The loss of a right or title by suffering another to enjoy it, or by neglecting to assert it: called sometimes negative prescription.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. available only with a doctor's written prescription
- n. written instructions for an optician on the lenses for a given person
- n. a drug that is available only with written instructions from a doctor or dentist to a pharmacist
- n. directions prescribed beforehand; the action of prescribing authoritative rules or directions
- 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
Middle English prescripcion, establishment of a claim, from Old French prescription, from Medieval Latin praescrīptiō, praescrīptiōn-, from Latin, introduction, precept, from praescrīptus, past participle of praescrībere, to order; see prescribe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)