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Alternative forms 
- præscription (archaic)
prescription (plural prescriptions)
- (law) 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.
- (law) A period of time within which a right must be exercised, unless the right is extinguished.
- (medicine) 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.
- (medicine) The prescription medicine or intervention so prescribed.
- The pharmacist gave her a bottle containing her prescription.
- (ophthalmology) The formal description of the lens geometry needed for spectacles, etc..
- The optician followed the optometrist's prescription for her new eyeglasses.
- A piece of 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
- (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 
prescription f (plural prescriptions)