To prescribe is to make a rule, or a doctor recommending and giving official permission for a course of treatment.verb
- When the legislature passes a law mandating that everyone recycle, this is an example of when the legislature prescribes recycling.
- When a doctor determines you need antibiotics and gives you an official signed authorization that you take to the pharmacist to pick up the antibiotics, this is an example of when the doctor prescribes antibiotics.
- to set down as a rule or direction; order; ordain; direct
- to order or advise as a medicine or treatment: said of physicians, etc.
- Law to invalidate or outlaw by negative prescription
Origin: L praescribere from prae-, before plush scribere, to write: see pre- and amp; scribe
- to set down or impose rules; dictate
- to give medical advice or prescriptions
- to claim a right or title through long use or possession
- to become invalidated or outlawed by negative prescription
- prescriber noun
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verb pre·scribed, pre·scrib·ing, pre·scribes verb, transitive
- To set down as a rule or guide; enjoin. See Synonyms at dictate.
- To order the use of (a medicine or other treatment).
- To establish rules, laws, or directions.
- To order a medicine or other treatment.
- Law a. To assert a right or title to something on the grounds of prescription.b. To become invalidated or unenforceable by the process of prescription.
Origin: Middle English prescriben, from Latin praescrībere : prae-, pre- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
- pre·scribˈer noun
prescribe - Medical Definition