prescription

A prescription is an order written by a doctor for someone to get a drug that is not available without this permission. If you get a bad ear infection, you'll need a prescription for antibiotics.

When your doctor writes a prescription, she's advising you to take a medication that you can only get from a pharmacist. You can refer to the paper with the drug's name and the doctor's signature and the bottle of medicine as a prescription. Sometimes prescription is used in a non-medical way to simply mean a suggestion or recommendation, like laughter and friends — a great prescription for chasing away the blues.

Definitions of prescription
  1. noun
    directions prescribed beforehand; the action of prescribing authoritative rules or directions
    “I tried to follow her prescription for success”
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    type of:
    direction, instruction
    a message describing how something is to be done
  2. noun
    written instructions for an optician on the lenses for a given person
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    type of:
    black and white, written communication, written language
    communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)
  3. noun
    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
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    type of:
    black and white, written communication, written language
    communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)
  4. noun
    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”
    synonyms: ethical drug, prescription drug, prescription medicine
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    Antonyms:
    over-the-counter drug, over-the-counter medicine
    a drug that is sold without a prescription
    types:
    refill
    a prescription drug that is provided again
    type of:
    medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
    (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
  5. adjective
    available only with a doctor's written prescription
    “a prescription drug”
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    Antonyms:
    nonprescription, over-the-counter
    purchasable without a doctor's prescription
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