• WordNet 3.6
    • adj prescription available only with a doctor's written prescription "a prescription drug"
    • n prescription 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"
    • n prescription 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
    • n prescription written instructions for an optician on the lenses for a given person
    • n prescription directions prescribed beforehand; the action of prescribing authoritative rules or directions "I tried to follow her prescription for success"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hydroxyzine (a prescription drug) is the longest containing "x-y-z" in exact order. Next in line line is xyzzors, a scientific name for a nematode worm in biology.
    • Prescription (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.
    • Prescription (Law) 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. "That profound reverence for law and prescription which has long been characteristic of Englishmen."
    • Prescription The act of prescribing, directing, or dictating; direction; precept; also, that which is prescribed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the US, Delaware, Virginia and Michigan rank as the top three states for Ritalin use, and most of the prescriptions are for elementary and middle school age children. Doctors in these states prescribe at least 33 grams for every 1,000 residents, 56 percent more than the national average, according to figures compiled by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
    • n prescription The act of prescribing or establishing by rules; that which is prescribed; direction; prescript.
    • n prescription In medicine, a statement, usually written, of the medicines or remedies to be used by a patient, and the manner of using them.
    • n prescription 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. After uninterrupted enjoyment for thirty, and in many cases for twenty years, a prima facie title arises by prescription to the thing enjoyed.
    • n prescription Hence, more specifically— The acquisition of a right or title by such enjoyment, called sometimes positive or acquisitive prescription.
    • n prescription The loss of a right or title by suffering another to enjoy it, or by neglecting to assert it: called sometimes negative prescription.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to the Journal of American Medical Association, as of 1998, more than 100,000 Americans die annually from adverse reactions to prescription drugs.
    • n Prescription act of prescribing or directing: :
    • n Prescription (med.) a written direction for the preparation of a medicine: a recipe
    • n Prescription (law) custom continued until it becomes a right or has the force of law
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  • Francis Bowen
    Francis Bowen
    “To become a thoroughly good man is the best prescription for keeping a sound mind and a sound body.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.”
  • Proverb
    “He who lives by medical prescriptions lives miserably.”
  • Tony Alesandra
    Tony Alesandra
    “In selling as in medicine, prescription before diagnosis is malpractice.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prescription, L. praescriptio, an inscription, preface, precept, demurrer, prescription (in sense 3), fr. praescribere,. See Prescribe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præscribĕre, -scriptumpræ, before, scribĕre, to write.


In literature:

On the whole he considered her wiser in her prescription for the malady besetting him than his uncle.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
According to his prescript, sharp exercise of lungs and limbs is a man's moral aid against temptation.
"Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete" by George Meredith
An hour in the open air is worth more than a dozen expensive prescriptions by an expensive doctor.
"Three Acres and Liberty" by Bolton Hall
He talked with the nurse, and wrote another prescription.
"Aaron's Rod" by D. H. Lawrence
Prescriptions are in my blood.
"The Crown of Life" by George Gissing
I should be seriously afraid of your prescription.
"Danger" by T. S. Arthur
Dr. Elton felt of Charley's pulse, and looked at his tongue, and then wrote a prescription in silence.
"Finger Posts on the Way of Life" by T. S. Arthur
The most careful examination of the symptoms is made, and well-chosen prescriptions given.
"Friends and Neighbors" by Anonymous
My prescription is a simple one.
"The Upton Letters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
After writing a prescription, he gave a few directions, and said he would call again in the evening.
"Woman's Trials" by T. S. Arthur

In poetry:

Gramercy, Sirs, ye're in the right;
Prescriptions all can sell,
But he that does not eat can't sh*
Or piss if good drink fail.
"The Wandering Pilgrim" by Matthew Prior
My sister is better than all prescriptions,
She does more for me than all medicines;
Her coming to me is my amulet,
The sight of her makes me well!
"Sickness Invaded Me" by Anonymous Africas
Thou with the liver of a fish, of yore,
Didst heal old Tobit's long-benighted eyes:
Do thou to me immediate health restore
By the prescription that before me lies.
"A Prayer For A Sick Person Before He Takes Physic" by Rees Prichard
With amplitude unchecked, how sweetly thou
Didst wear the ancient custom of the skies,
And yoke of used prescription; and thence how
Find gay variety no license could devise!
"The Cloud's Swan-Song" by Francis Thompson
Shamelessly scoffed the mockers' serpent-band
"A dream that but prescription can admit
Dost dread? Where now thy God's protecting hand,
(The sick world's Saviour with such cunning planned),
Borrowed by human need of human wit?"
"Resignation" by Friedrich von Schiller
And you, our quasi Dutchman, what welcome should be yours
For all the wise prescriptions that work your laughter-cures?
"Shake before taking"?--not a bit,--the bottle-cure's a sham;
Take before shaking, and you 'll find it shakes your diaphragm.
"Post-Prandial" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Supervalu, bigg 's, Remke Markets, Cincinnati, food and drug stores, pharmacies, prescription files.
A man has been charged with stealing prescription medication from a Blacksburg CVS Pharmacy.
A Newaygo County man says the prescription medications his mother and her.
Patrick Hayes' prescription for the Tigers.
Emil and Friends' Bouncy 'Prescriptions'.
In many ways, the commission's prescription -- shaking up the bureaucracy -- is as unsatisfying as its diagnosis is accurate.
Our portfolio of brands includes the best selling sun and prescription eyewear in the world.
A Cadiz woman was arrested last week for allegedly forging prescriptions.
Her vision needs a contact in one eye to see close and a different contact prescription in the other to see far, known as monovision.
The New Jersey State Attorney General has described the abuse of prescription drugs as an epidemic.
Maggie Rodriguez spoke with Dr Jennifer Ashton about how easily accessible prescription drugs can be for teens.
Prescription drug abuse is a serious public health threat.
Teens think prescription pills, even taken at random and consumed with alcohol, are safer than street drugs — but they could be dead wrong.
My friend Joanne has developed a new habit each time she picks up her prescriptions from the pharmacy.
Like many, Joanne takes a prescription drug that requires a refill every 30 days.

In science:

Prescription is the same as in the previous sections.
Categorification of the Dichromatic Polynomial for Graphs
The self-consistent equation for w(µ) that follows can then be solved using a population dynamics prescription.
Finitely connected vector spin systems with random matrix interactions
To make this expression well-defined, we must specify a normal-ordering prescription.
A prototype for dS/CFT
To make the normal ordering terms on the right hand side of (A1) well-defined, one may use a iǫ prescription.
A prototype for dS/CFT
It is also necessary to regulate the δ ′ (θ−θ ′ ) factor using the same prescription. A potential central term in the algebra then arises from D ˙φ(θ)φ′ (θ ′ ) + ˙φ(θ ′ )φ′ (θ)E in the limit that points coincide.
A prototype for dS/CFT