Definition of prescription noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prɪˈskrɪpʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈskrɪpʃn//
    Medical equipment, Medication
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  1. 1[countable] prescription (for something) an official piece of paper on which a doctor writes the type of medicine you should have, and which enables you to get it from a chemist’s shop/drugstore The doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotics. (British English) Antibiotics are only available on prescription. (North American English) Antibiotics are only available by prescription. They are not available without a prescription. prescription drugs/medication(s) See related entries: Medical equipment
  2. 2[countable] medicine that your doctor has ordered for you The pharmacist will make up your prescription. a prescription charge (= in Britain, the money you must pay for a medicine your doctor has ordered for you) See related entries: Medication
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of prescribing medicine The prescription of drugs is a doctor's responsibility.
  4. 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 prescription for economic recovery.
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (as a legal term): via Old French from Latin praescriptio(n-), from the verb praescribere ‘direct in writing’, from prae ‘before’ + scribere ‘write’. Senses (1) to (3) date from the late 16th cent.Extra examples I just get a repeat prescription every week. Nicotine patches are sold without prescription. Physicians often underestimate retail prescription costs. She gave him a prescription for antibiotics. She scribbled on her prescription pad and handed me a sheet. Some drugs are only available by/​on prescription. The drug will be covered by Medicare’s new prescription benefit. The new medication is currently available without a prescription. The pharmacist dispenses prescriptions for antidepressants. The pharmacist refused to refill a prescription for birth control pills. Would you like to wait while the pharmacist makes up your prescription? You are entitled to free prescriptions. addicted to prescription drugs people who are exempt from prescription charges people who get free prescriptions the rising rate of drug prescriptions for emotional and psychological complaints the usual prescription for asthma
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