Pronunciation: (pri-skrip'shun), [key]
1. Med.
a. a direction, usually written, by the physician to the pharmacist for the preparation and use of a medicine or remedy.
b. the medicine prescribed: Take this prescription three times a day.
2. an act of prescribing.
3. that which is prescribed.
4. Law.
a. a long or immemorial use of some right with respect to a thing so as to give a right to continue such use.
b. the process of acquiring rights by uninterrupted assertion of the right over a long period of time.

(of drugs) sold only upon medical prescription; ethical. Cf. over-the-counter (def. 2).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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