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Definition of "prescription" []

  • The act of establishing official rules, laws, or directions. (noun)
  • Something prescribed as a rule. (noun)
  • A written order, especially by a physician, for the preparation and administration of a medicine or other treatment. (noun)
  • A prescribed medicine or other treatment. (noun)
  • An ophthalmologist's or optometrist's written instruction, as for the grinding of corrective lenses. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prescription" in a sentence
  • "Shouldn't my doctor already know if a certain prescription is right for me?"
  • "ALI VELSHI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, if you want to use the term prescription, Wolf, it's like getting a little bit of medicine."
  • "In English law the term prescription is applied to rights only which are defined to be incorporeal hereditaments, such as a right of way or a common or an advowson."