prescription

prescription
pre|scrip|tion [prıˈskrıpʃən] n
1.) a piece of paper on which a doctor writes what medicine a sick person should have, so that they can get it from a ↑pharmacist
→↑prescribe prescription for
a prescription for sleeping pills
We are trying to cut the price of prescription drugs .
a repeat prescription (=one that you have regularly)
fill a prescription
AmE (=get the drugs a doctor has written that you need)
I got the prescription filled on the way home.
2.) a particular medicine or treatment ordered by a doctor for a sick person
If you're pregnant, you can get free prescriptions.
3.) on prescription
BrE by prescription AmE
a drug that you get on prescription can only be obtained with a written order from the doctor
→↑over the counter
4.) an idea or suggestion about how you should behave, or how to make a situation, activity etc successful
prescription for
The party's main prescription for educational problems was to give schools more money.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • PRESCRIPTION — Aux termes du Code civil, «la prescription est un moyen d’acquérir ou de se libérer par un certain laps de temps, et sous les conditions déterminées par la loi» (art. 2219). Souvent critiquée, cette définition a tout au moins le mérite d’indiquer …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • prescription — pre·scrip·tion /pri skrip shən/ n [partly from Middle French prescription establishment of a claim, from Late Latin praescription praescriptio, from Latin, act of writing at the beginning, order, from praescribere to write at the beginning,… …   Law dictionary

  • Prescription — • A method created by law for acquiring ownership or ridding oneself of certain burdens on the fulfilment of fixed conditions Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Prescription     Prescription …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Prescription — has various meanings.In a health care context::*Medical prescription, written by a health care professional:*Eyeglass prescription, written by an ophthalmologist or an optometrist:*Property prescription, written by a landscape architect or other… …   Wikipedia

  • Prescription — Pre*scrip tion (pr[ e]*skr[i^]p sh[u^]n), n. [F. prescription, L. praescriptio, an inscription, preface, precept, demurrer, prescription (in sense 3), fr. praescribere. See {Prescribe}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of prescribing, directing, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prescription — Prescription. s. f. v. L s & le p. se prononcent. Droit qui s acquiert par certain temps limité par la loy. Prescription par dix ans entre presents, par vingt ans entre absents. prescription centenaire. acquerir prescription. alleguer… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • prescription — Prescription, Vsus et authoritas. B. Exception de prescription de trente ou quarante ans, Praescriptio longissimi temporis. B. Prescription de cent ans, Praescriptio temporis memoriam excedentis, vel secularis. B. Interruption de prescription,… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • prescription — UK US /prɪˈskrɪpʃən/ noun [C] ► a doctor s written instruction for the medicine that someone needs and for how it should be used: »These drugs are only available on prescription. »The doctor wrote him a prescription for two tablets, 100 mg each… …   Financial and business terms

  • prescription — [prē skrip′shən, priskrip′shən] n. [ME prescripcion < L praescriptio] 1. the act of prescribing 2. something prescribed; order; direction; prescript 3. a) a doctor s written direction for the preparation and use of medicine, the grinding of… …   English World dictionary

  • prescription — (n.) c.1400, in law, the right to something through long use, from O.Fr. prescription (13c.), from L. praescriptionem (nom. praescriptio) a writing before, order, direction, from praescriptus, pp. of praescribere write before, from prae before… …   Etymology dictionary

  • prescription — ► NOUN 1) an instruction written by a medical practitioner authorizing a patient to be issued with a medicine or treatment. 2) the action of prescribing. 3) an authoritative recommendation or ruling. 4) (also positive prescription) Law the… …   English terms dictionary

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