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

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • It could have been sent by only one person—the superscription, dainty and feminine, betrayed it.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • Absently, without motive, she extracted it and glanced at the superscription.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
  • And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

    Coronation Anecdotes Giles Gossip
  • 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.
  • And then, looking at the superscription, he turned somewhat sick.

  • The second movement, in B minor, bears the superscription "Wehklage" (Lamentation).

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • On looking at the covers, he was surprised to find that no superscription was placed on them.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • 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
  • There was no superscription, nor did I stay to look for one.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for superscription


the act of superscribing
a superscribed title, address, etc
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)
The part of a prescription that bears the Latin word recipe represented by ℞.

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