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"prescription" in British English

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prescriptionnoun

uk   /prɪˈskrɪp.ʃən/  us   /prɪˈskrɪp.ʃən/
  • 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 forsedatives The ​doctor should give you a repeat prescription (= another ​piece of ​paperallowing more of the same ​medicine to be given, often without the ​personseeing the ​doctor again). These ​drugs are only ​available on prescription (= with a prescription from a ​doctor). Prescription charges (= the ​standardamount of ​money you ​pay for any ​medicineprescribed 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 forsuccess?
(Definition of prescription from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prescription" in American English

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prescriptionnoun [C]

 us   /prɪˈskrɪp·ʃən/
  • prescription noun [C] (MEDICINE)

a doctor’s written ​direction for the ​medicine that someone ​needs and how it is to be used, or the ​medicine itself: The ​doctor gave me prescriptions for ​antibiotics and ​coughsyrup. The ​drugstore called to say ​your prescription is ​ready to be ​picked up.
  • prescription noun [C] (RULES)

rules or a ​situation that will have a ​particulareffect: The company’s ​reorganization could be a prescription for ​disaster.
(Definition of prescription from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"prescription" in Business English

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prescriptionnoun [C]

uk   us   /prɪˈskrɪpʃən/
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 ​doctorwrote him a prescription for two ​tablets, 100 mg each for a ​total of 200 mg a day. prescription ​medications/​medicines/​pharmaceuticals
(Definition of prescription from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “prescription”
in Arabic وَصْفة طِبِيّة…
in Korean 처방전…
in Portuguese receita médica…
in Catalan recepta…
in Japanese 処方箋(せん)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 药物, 处方,药方, 处方上开的药…
in Turkish reçete…
in Russian рецепт (на лекарство)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 藥物, 處方,藥方, 處方上開的藥…
in Italian ricetta medica…
in Polish recepta…
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