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prescription (n.)

late 14c., in law, "the right to something through long use," from Old French prescription (13c.) and directly from Latin praescriptionem (nominative praescriptio) "a writing before, order, direction," noun of action from past participle stem of praescribere "write before, prefix in writing; ordain, determine in advance," from prae "before" (see pre-) + scribere "to write" (from PIE root *skribh- "to cut"). Medical sense of "written directions from a doctor" first recorded 1570s.

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Definitions of prescription from WordNet
1
prescription (n.)
directions prescribed beforehand; the action of prescribing authoritative rules or directions;
I tried to follow her prescription for success
prescription (n.)
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
Synonyms: prescription drug / prescription medicine / ethical drug
prescription (n.)
written instructions for an optician on the lenses for a given person;
prescription (n.)
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;
2
prescription (adj.)
available only with a doctor's written prescription;
a prescription drug
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