verb (used with object), prescribed, prescribing.
to lay down, in writing or otherwise, as a rule or a course of action to be followed; appoint, ordain, or enjoin.
Medicine/Medical. to designate or order the use of (a medicine, remedy, treatment, etc.).
verb (used without object), prescribed, prescribing.
to lay down rules; direct; dictate.
Medicine/Medical. to designate remedies, treatment, etc., to be used.
Law. to claim a right or title by virtue of long use and enjoyment; make a prescriptive claim. (usually followed by for or to ).

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin praescrībere to direct in writing, literally, to write before or above, equivalent to prae- pre- + scrībere to write; see scribe1, prescription

prescribable, adjective
prescriber, noun
misprescribe, verb, misprescribed, misprescribing.
nonprescribed, adjective
nonprescriber, noun
overprescribe, verb, overprescribed, overprescribing.
represcribe, verb (used with object), represcribed, represcribing.
self-prescribed, adjective
unprescribed, adjective

prescribe, proscribe.

1. direct, dictate, decree.
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prescribe (prɪˈskraɪb)
1.  to lay down as a rule or directive
2.  law to claim or acquire (a right, title, etc) by prescription
3.  law to make or become invalid or unenforceable by lapse of time
4.  med to recommend or order the use of (a drug or other remedy)
[C16: from Latin praescrībere to write previously, from prae before + scrībere to write]

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prescribe pre·scribe (prĭ-skrīb')
v. pre·scribed, pre·scrib·ing, pre·scribes
To give directions, either orally or in writing, for the preparation and administration of a remedy to be used in the treatment of a disease.

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