What does prescription mean?

Definitions for prescription
prɪˈskrɪp ʃənpre·scrip·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prescription.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prescriptionnoun

    directions prescribed beforehand; the action of prescribing authoritative rules or directions

    "I tried to follow her prescription for success"

  2. prescription drug, prescription, prescription medicine, ethical drugnoun

    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"

  3. prescriptionnoun

    written instructions for an optician on the lenses for a given person

  4. prescriptionadjective

    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

  5. prescription(a)adjective

    available only with a doctor's written prescription

    "a prescription drug"


  1. Prescriptionnoun

    (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. Hence: a written order from a physician for a medication, which allows a patient to legally obtain medication which is required by law to be dispensed only on authorization from a physician or other qualified medical practitioner.


  1. prescriptionnoun

    The act of prescribing a rule, law, etc..

    "Jurisdiction to prescribe" is a state's authority to make its laws applicable to certain persons or activities. -- Richard G. Alexander, Iran and Libya Sanctions Act of 1996: Congress exceeds its jurisdiction to prescribe law. Washington and Lee Law Review, 1997.

  2. prescriptionnoun

    A period of time within which a right must be exercised, unless the right is extinguished.

    The prescription governing the victim's right to enter a charge shall be interrupted by virtue of section 95 of the Criminal Code.

  3. prescriptionnoun

    A written order, as by a physician, for the administration of a medicine or other intervention. See also scrip.

    The surgeon wrote a prescription for a pain killer and physical therapy.

  4. prescriptionnoun

    The prescription medicine or intervention so prescribed.

    The pharmacist gave her a bottle containing her prescription.

  5. prescriptionnoun

    The formal description of the lens geometry needed for spectacles, etc..

    The optician followed the optometrist's prescription for her new eyeglasses.

  6. prescriptionnoun

    A piece of advice.

    "Early to bed and early to rise" is a prescription for a healthy lifestyle.

  7. prescriptionadjective

    (of a drug, etc.) only available with a physician's written prescription

    Many powerful pain killers are prescription drugs in the U.S.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prescriptionnoun

    Etymology: prescription, Fr. præscriptio, Lat. from præscribo, Lat.

    You tell a pedigree
    Of threescore and two years, a silly time
    To make prescription for a kingdom’s worth. William Shakespeare.

    Use such as have prevailed before in things you have employed them; for that breeds confidence, and they will strive to maintain their prescription. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    It will be found a work of no small difficulty, to dispossess a vice from that heart, where long possession begins to plead prescription. Robert South, Sermons.

    Our poet bade us hope this grace to find,
    To whom by long prescription you are kind. Dryden.

    The Lucquese plead prescription, for hunting in one of the duke’s forests, that lies upon their frontiers. Addison.

    My father left me some prescriptions
    Of rare and prov’d effects; such as his reading
    And manifest experience had collected
    For general sov’reignty. William Shakespeare.

    Approving of my obstinacy against all common prescriptions, he asked me, whether I had never heard the Indian way of curing the gout by moxa. William Temple.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prescriptionnoun

    the act of prescribing, directing, or dictating; direction; precept; also, that which is prescribed

  2. Prescriptionnoun

    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. Prescriptionnoun

    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

  4. Etymology: [F. prescription, L. praescriptio, an inscription, preface, precept, demurrer, prescription (in sense 3), fr. praescribere. See Prescribe.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prescription' in Nouns Frequency: #2949

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prescription in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prescription in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of prescription in a Sentence

  1. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin:

    I am aware of the questions my colleagues and many parents are asking and frankly I share their concerns about the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs, today I heard Mylan’s initial response, and I am sure Mylan will have a more comprehensive and formal response to those questions.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    I understand why people get angry. They're angry about the Great Recession, which so knocked everybody flat. They're angry about the failures of, you know, our government and the powerful interests -- it's not only Wall Street, it's the gun lobby, the prescription drug lobby, the insurance lobby and so many others. Let's talk about big oil, i understand that.

  3. Lynn Julian Crisci:

    There are people who become addicted to prescription drugs and have overdosed, and that is undeniably tragic, but the solution is not, ‘Let’s take away everyone’s medication and punish you all.’ The solution should be addiction treatment, not punishing patients.

  4. Chris Didier:

    All the other parents that we knew, all of his soccer team, all of those friends — none of us had ever heard of a counterfeit prescription pill that had only fentanyl in it as the acting agent, i also learned that social media is a very common platform. You can get whatever you want on social media at any age, and I had no idea that that was going on.

  5. Mark Hurst:

    This progress is significant because prescription opioid abuse is frequently a gateway to heroin and fentanyl use later on.

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