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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
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English superscripcioun < Late Latin superscrīptiōn- (stem of superscrīptiō) a writing above. See superscript, -ion
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  • He picked it up, glanced at the superscription, and laid it down again.
  • He started at the superscription of the deserters letter, and demanded of me sternly.
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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