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[in-skrip-shuh n] /ɪnˈskrɪp ʃən/
something inscribed.
a historical, religious, or other record cut, impressed, painted, or written on stone, brick, metal, or other hard surface.
a brief, usually informal dedication, as of a book or a work of art.
a note, as a dedication, that is written and signed by hand in a book.
the act of inscribing.
Pharmacology. the part of a prescription indicating the drugs and the amounts to be mixed.
  1. an issue of securities or stocks.
  2. a block of shares in a stock, as bought or sold by one person.
Also called legend. Numismatics. the lettering in the field of a coin, medal, etc.
Origin of inscription
1350-1400; Middle English inscripcio(u)n < Latin inscrīptiōn- (stem of inscrīptiō), equivalent to inscrīpt(us) (past participle of inscrībere to inscribe) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
inscriptional, adjective
inscriptionless, adjective
preinscription, noun
superinscription, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inscription
  • But the simplicity of the typeface would not have mattered much if the inscription itself had been longwinded.
  • But there's been little discussion to date of how a fake inscription might impact the claims to that area where mosques now stand.
  • Cards are blank inside for your personal inscription.
  • The word tablet used to refer to a flat slab for bearing an inscription.
  • If you insist on forcing your taste onto someone else by giving them a book, please do not personalize it with an inscription.
  • Its inscription is a self-conscious statement for posterity.
  • The two are quite similar, differing mostly in the inscription.
  • The inscription depicted the software's source code, the original programming instructions.
  • Those who do will get a silver ring with a biblical inscription, which they then give to their beloved on their wedding day.
  • Our little theory of relativity inscription is, relatively speaking, brand-new.
British Dictionary definitions for inscription


something inscribed, esp words carved or engraved on a coin, tomb, etc
a signature or brief dedication in a book or on a work of art
the act of inscribing
(philosophy, linguistics) an element of written language, esp a sentence Compare utterance1 (sense 3)
Derived Forms
inscriptional, inscriptive, adjective
inscriptively, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin inscriptiō a writing upon, from inscrībere to write upon, from in-² + scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for inscription

late 14c., from Latin inscriptionem (nominative inscriptio) "a writing upon, inscription," noun of action from past participle stem of inscribere "inscribe, to write on or in anything," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).

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inscription in Medicine

inscription in·scrip·tion (ĭn-skrĭp'shən)
The main part of a prescription, indicating the drug or drugs and the quantity of each to be used in the mixture.

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