Prescription
Prescription Pre*scrip"tion (pr[-e]*skr[i^]p"sh[u^]n), n. [F. prescription, L. praescriptio, an inscription, preface, precept, demurrer, prescription (in sense 3), fr. praescribere. See {Prescribe}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of prescribing, directing, or dictating; direction; precept; also, that which is prescribed. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) A direction of a remedy or of remedies for a disease, and the manner of using them; a medical recipe; also, a prescribed remedy. Hence: a written order from a physician for a medication, which allows a patient to legally obtain medication which is required by law to be dispensed only on authorization from a physician or other qualified medical practitioner. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. (Law) A prescribing for title; the claim of title to a thing by virtue of immemorial use and enjoyment; the right or title acquired by possession had during the time and in the manner fixed by law. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

That profound reverence for law and prescription which has long been characteristic of Englishmen. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Note: Prescription differs from custom, which is a local usage, while prescription is personal, annexed to the person only. Prescription only extends to incorporeal rights, such as a right of way, or of common. What the law gives of common rights is not the subject of prescription. --Blackstone. --Cruise. --Kent. In Scotch law, prescription is employed in the sense in which limitation is used in England and America, namely, to express that operation of the lapse of time by which obligations are extinguished or title protected. --Sir T. Craig. --Erskine. [1913 Webster]


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  • Prescription — • A method created by law for acquiring ownership or ridding oneself of certain burdens on the fulfilment of fixed conditions Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Prescription     Prescription …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • prescription — UK US /prɪˈskrɪpʃən/ noun [C] ► a doctor s written instruction for the medicine that someone needs and for how it should be used: »These drugs are only available on prescription. »The doctor wrote him a prescription for two tablets, 100 mg each… …   Financial and business terms

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