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noun prescription pronunciation in American English /prɪˈskrɪpʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a piece of paper that a doctor gives you that says what type of medication you need

    The doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotics.

    1. a.
      [countable] a particular medication that a doctor has told you to take
      prescription cost (=the fixed amount that you have to pay for a prescription):

      Prescription costs have risen again.

  2. 2
    [countable] a plan that will help to you achieve something, or that will have a particular result
    prescription for:

    a prescription for economic recovery

    Morishita described the policy as “a prescription for disaster.”



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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