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[res-uh-pee] /ˈrɛs ə pi/
a set of instructions for making or preparing something, especially a food dish:
a recipe for a cake.
a medical prescription.
a method to attain a desired end:
a recipe for success.
Origin of recipe
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin: take, imperative singular of recipere to receive Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for recipe


a list of ingredients and directions for making something, esp a food preparation
(med) (formerly) a medical prescription
a method for achieving some desired objective: a recipe for success
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, literally: take (it)! from recipere to take, receive
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Word Origin and History for recipe

1580s, "medical prescription," from Middle French récipé (15c.), from Latin recipe "take!," second person imperative singular of recipere "to take" (see receive); word written by physicians at the head of prescriptions. Figurative use from 1640s. Meaning "instructions for preparing food" first recorded 1743. The original sense survives only in the pharmacist's abbreviation Rx.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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recipe in Medicine

recipe rec·i·pe (rěs'ə-pē')

  1. The heading that is used to indicate a medical prescription, usually ℞.

  2. A medical prescription.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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recipe in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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