Meaning of prescription

pre•scrip•tion

Pronunciation: (pri-skrip'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. Take this prescription three times a day.
    1. a direction, usually written, by the physician to the pharmacist for the preparation and use of a medicine or remedy.
    2. the medicine prescribed:Take this prescription three times a day.
  2. an act of prescribing.
  3. that which is prescribed.
    1. a long or immemorial use of some right with respect to a thing so as to give a right to continue such use.
    2. the process of acquiring rights by uninterrupted assertion of the right over a long period of time.
—adj.
  1. (of drugs) sold only upon medical prescription; ethical. Cf.(def. 2).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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