- 1 [countable] prescription (for something) an official piece of paper on which a doctor writes the type of medicine you should have, and that enables you to get it from a pharmacy The doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotics. Antibiotics are only available by prescription. They are not available without a prescription. prescription drugs/medication(s)
- 2[countable] medicine that your doctor has ordered for you The pharmacist will make up your prescription.
- 3[uncountable] the act of prescribing medicine The prescription of drugs is a doctor's responsibility.
- 4 [countable] prescription (for something) (formal) a plan or a suggestion for making something happen or for improving it a prescription for happiness Both parties will be outlining their prescriptions for economic recovery.