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prescription

noun uk   /prɪˈskrɪp.ʃən/ us  

prescription noun (MEDICINE)

B1 [C] a piece of paper on which a doctor writes the details of the medicine or drugs that someone needs: a doctor's prescription a prescription for sedatives UK The doctor should give you a repeat prescription (= another piece of paper allowing more of the same medicine to be given, often without the person seeing the doctor again). These drugs are only available on prescription (= with a prescription from a doctor). Prescription charges (= the standard amount of money you pay for any medicine prescribed by a doctor) are rising in June.
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prescription noun (RULE)

[C or U] formal the act of telling someone else what they must have or do: So what is his prescription for success?
Translations of “prescription”
in Korean 처방전…
in Arabic وَصْفة طِبِيّة…
in Portuguese receita médica…
in Catalan recepta…
in Japanese 処方箋(せん)…
in Italian ricetta medica…
in Chinese (Traditional) 藥物, 處方,藥方, 處方上開的藥…
in Russian рецепт (на лекарство)…
in Turkish reçete…
in Chinese (Simplified) 药物, 处方,药方, 处方上开的药…
in Polish recepta…
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