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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 sedativesUK 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.

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?
(Definition of prescription from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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