- The definition of a prescription is a written order to do something or the act of making such an order.
An example of a prescription is a doctor's note telling a patient what type of medication to get.
prescription definition by Webster's New World
- the act of prescribing
- something prescribed; order; direction; prescript
- a doctor's written direction for the preparation and use of medicine, the grinding of lenses for eyeglasses, etc.
- a medicine so prescribed
- a long-established, authoritative custom
- a claim based on this
- the acquirement of the title or right to something through its continued use or possession from time immemorial or over a long period
- a right or title so acquired
Origin: Middle English prescripcion ; from Classical Latin praescriptio
prescription definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of establishing official rules, laws, or directions.b. Something prescribed as a rule.
- a. A written order, especially by a physician, for the preparation and administration of a medicine or other treatment.b. A prescribed medicine or other treatment.c. An ophthalmologist's or optometrist's written instruction, as for the grinding of corrective lenses.
- A formula directing the preparation of something.
- Law The process of acquiring title to property by reason of uninterrupted possession of specified duration. Also called positive prescription.
- Law The limitation of time beyond which an action, debt, or crime is no longer valid or enforceable. Also called negative prescription.
Origin: Middle English prescripcion, establishment of a claim, from Old French prescription, from Medieval Latin praescrīptiō, praescrīptiōn-, from Latin, introduction, precept, from praescrīptus, past participle of praescrībere, to order; see prescribe.
prescription - Legal Definition
prescription - Medical Definition
- An order, especially by a physician, for the preparation and administration of a medicine, therapeutic regimen, assistive or corrective device, or other treatment.
- A prescribed medicine.