AskDefine | Define prescription

Dictionary Definition

prescription adj : available only with a doctor's written prescription; "a prescription drug" [syn: prescription(a)] [ant: nonprescription(a)]


1 directions prescribed beforehand; the action of prescribing authoritative rules or directions; "I tried to follow her prescription for success"
2 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" [syn: prescription drug, prescription medicine, ethical drug] [ant: over-the-counter drug, over-the-counter drug]
3 written instructions for an optician on the lenses for a given person
4 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

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. the act of prescribing a rule, law, etc.
    "Jurisdiction to prescribe" is a state's authority to make its laws applicable to certain persons or activities. -- Richard G. Alexander, Iran and Libya Sanctions Act of 1996: Congress exceeds its jurisdiction to prescribe law. Washington and Lee Law Review, 1997.
  2. a written order, as by a physician, for the administration of a medicine or other intervention. See also scrip.
    The surgeon wrote a prescription for a pain killer and physical therapy.
  3. the medicine or intervention so prescribed
    The pharmacist gave her a bottle containing her prescription.
  4. the formal description of the lens geometry needed for spectacles, etc.
    The optician followed the optometrist's prescription for her new eyeglasses.
  5. advice
    "Early to bed and early to rise" is a prescription for a healthy lifestyle.


the act of prescribing a rule or law
written order for the administration of a medicine
the prescribed medicine
formal description of the lens geometry


  1. (of a drug, etc.) only available with a physician's written prescription
    Many powerful pain killers are prescription drugs in the U.S.


available with prescription

See also

Extensive Definition

Prescription has various meanings.
See also Proscription''
prescription in Spanish: prescripción
prescription in French: Prescription
prescription in Hebrew: מרשם

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