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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  • n. Law The limitation of time beyond which an action, debt, or crime is no longer valid or enforceable.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

Etymologies

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)

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