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superscription

[soo-per-skrip-shuh n] /ˌsu pərˈskrɪp ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of superscribing.
2.
something that is superscribed.
3.
an address on a letter, parcel, or the like.
4.
Pharmacology. the sign ℞, meaning “take,” at the beginning of a prescription.
Origin of superscription
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English superscripcioun < Late Latin superscrīptiōn- (stem of superscrīptiō) a writing above. See superscript, -ion
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  • It was without the superscription, which he had thrown aside.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Yet the superscription is of his dictating, I dare say, for he is a formal wretch.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Absently, without motive, she extracted it and glanced at the superscription.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
  • "The man writes a mighty nice hand," said Maria, scanning the superscription.

  • His father could not see the kiss George had placed on the superscription of his letter.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • The officer received it and read the superscription audibly.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • The second movement, in B minor, bears the superscription "Wehklage" (Lamentation).

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • I have sealed up the bond, with this superscription,—'Colonel Sewell's bond.'

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • At length a shore-boat came off with letters, and one, which I knew by the superscription to be from Mr Talboys, was handed to me.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • She did not think at first of looking at the superscription.

    A Bride of the Plains Baroness Emmuska Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for superscription

superscription

/ˌsuːpəˈskrɪpʃən/
noun
1.
the act of superscribing
2.
a superscribed title, address, etc
3.
the symbol (℞) at the head of a medical prescription, which stands for the Latin word recipe (take)
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superscription in Medicine

superscription su·per·scrip·tion (sōō'pər-skrĭp'shən)
n.
The part of a prescription that bears the Latin word recipe represented by ℞.

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