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Except it's PREscription.
Script is the shortened version of prescription. We use it all the time in the medical field. Prescription and script can be used interchangeably in the medical field.
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I am "the public" and I do indeed tell my doctor when I need a "script" (or scrip), both verbally and in writing.Emotion: wink
Can you explain the difference between a Script and a Prescription?

Hey there Pagal..
- Firstly, there is SCRIPT, PRESCRIPTION and there is also SUBSCRIPTION too.!!
- Secondly, at the Law there is usage and definitions of all three, and the word: PRESCRIPTION can also be written as/referred to as: PRESCRIPTION, PRIESCRIPTIO or PRIESCRIPTIONES.
- Thirdly, as both general and medical usage of Script/Prescription has been quite well covered, i thought i'd briefly cover the Law/Legal definitions for you.
- I say 'briefly' as the subject matter at Law is a rather large and broad subject.

At the Law, the root word 'Script' derives from the old Latin; 'SCRIPTUM'.
As in the following definitions:
- SCRIPTUM. Lat. A writing; something written. Fleta, L 2, c. 60, § 25.
- SCRIPTUM INDENTATUM. A writing indented; an indenture or deed.
- SCRIPTUM OBLIGATORIUM. A writing obligatory. The technical name of a bond in old plead- ings. Any writing under seal.

"SCRIVENER." - A writer; "SCRIBE;" or conveyancer.
- One whose occupation is to draw contracts, write deeds and mortgages, and prepare other species of written instruments.
Also an agent to whom property is intrusted by others for the purpose of lending it out at an interest payable to his principal, and for a com- mission or bonus for himself, whereby he gains his livelihood.
Money Scrivener.
A money broker. The name was also formerly applied in England to a person (generally an attorney or solicitor) whose business was to find investments for the money of his clients, and see to perfecting the securities, and who was often intrusted with the custody of the securities and d principal.

>> SCRIPT.<<
- Where instruments are executed in part and counterpart, the original or principal is so called.

English Probate Practice.
- A will, codicil, draft of will or codicil, or written instructions for the same. If the will is destroyed, a copy or any paper embodying its contents becomes a script, even though not made under the direction of the testator. Browne, Prob. Pr. 280.

"PRIESCRIPTIO." Lat. In the civil law.
- That mode of acquisition whereby one becomes proprietor of a thing on the ground that he has for a long time possessed it as his own; prescription. Dig. 41, 3. It was anciently distinguished from "usucapio," (q. v.,) but was blended with it by Justinian.

"PRIESCRIPTIONES." Lat. In Roman law.
- Forms of words (of a qualifying character) inserted in the formulce in which the claims in actions were expressed; and, as they occupied an early place in the formuloe, they were called by this name, i. e., qualifications preceding the claim. For example, in an action to recover the arrears of an annuity, the claim was preceded by the words "so far as the annuity is due and unpaid," words to the like effect, ("cujus rei dies fuit.") Brown.

SCRIBABLE. That to which a right may be acquired by prescription.

- To assert a right or title to the enjoyment of a thing, on the ground of having hitherto had the uninterrupted and immemorial enjoyment of it.
- To lay down authoritatively as a guide, direction, or rule; to impose as a peremptory order; to dictate; to point; to direct; to give as a guide, direction, or rule of action; to give law.
- To direct; define; mark out.
- In modern statutes relating to matters of an administrative nature, such as procedure, registration, etc., it is usual to indicate in general terms the nature of the proceedings to be adopted, and to leave the details to be prescribed or regulated by rules or orders to be made for that purpose in pursuance of an authority contained in the act. Sweet. Mansfield v. People, 164 Ill. 611, 45 N.E. 976.
- In a medical sense prescribe means to direct, designate, or order use of a remedy. State v. Whipple, 143 Minn. 403, 173 N.W. 801, 802.

- A direction of remedy or remedies for a disease and the manner of using them; a formula for the preparation of a drug and medicine.

- "International Law."
- Acquisition of sovereignty over a territory through continuous and undisputed exercise of sovereignty over it during such a period as is necessary to create under the influence of historical development the general conviction that the present condition of things is in conformity with international order.

- "Real Property Law."
- The name given to a mode of acquiring title to incorporeal hereditaments by immemorial or long-continued enjoyment.
- To create an easement by "prescription," the use must have been open, continuous, exclusive, and under claim of right for statutory period.
- "Prescription" is the term usually applied to incorporeal hereditaments, while "adverse possession" is applied to lands.

NOTE: Incorporeal = Of the Mind, without Body or Substance,.. ie: FICTION, THOUGHT, IDEA.

- In Louisiana, prescription is defined as a manner of acquiring the ownership of property, or discharging debts, by the effect of time, and under the conditions regulated by law. Each of these prescriptions has its special and particular definition. The prescription by which the ownership of property is acquired, is a right by which a mere possessor acquires the ownership of a thing which he possesses by the continuance of his possession during the time fixed by law. The prescription by which debts are re- leased, is a peremptory and perpetual bar to every species of action, real or personal, when the creditor has been silent for a certain time without urging his claim. Civ. Code La. arts. 3457-3459. In this sense of the term it is very nearly equivalent to what is elsewhere expressed by "limitation of actions," or rather, the "bar of the statute of limitations."
- There is a distinction between title by "limitation" and a "prescriptive title," in that the latter is based upon a presumed grant to the property or use, while the former is not, Abel v. Love, 81 Ind. App. 328, 143 N.E. 515, 520, while the distinction between a highway by prescription and one by dedication is that "prescription" is an adverse holding under color of right, while a "dedication," whether expressed or implied, rests upon the consent of the owner.
- "Prescription" and "custom" are frequently confounded in common parlance, arising perhaps from the fact that immemorial usage was essential to both of them; but, strictly, they materially differ from one another, in that custom is properly a local impersonal usage, such as borough-English, or postremogeniture, which is annexed to a given estate, while prescription is simply personal, as that a certain man and his ancestors, or those whose estate he enjoys, have immemorially exercised a right of pasture-common in a certain parish, and usage differs from both, for it may be either to persons or places.
- Again, prescription has its origin in a grant, evidenced by usage, and is allowed on account of its loss, either actual or supposed, and therefore only those things can be prescribed for which could be raised by a grant previously to 8 & 9 Vict. c. 106, § 2; but this principle does not necessarily hold in the case of a custom.

- The act of writing one's name under a written instrument; the affixing one's signature to any document, whether for the purpose of authenticating or attesting it, of adopting its terms as one's own expressions, or of binding one's self by an engagement which it contains.
- Subscription is the act of the hand, while attestation is the act of the senses.
- To subscribe a paper published as a will is only to write on the same paper the name of the witness; to attest a will is to know that it was published as such, and to certify the facts required to constitute an actual and legal publication. In re Downie's Will, 42 Wis. 66, 76.
- A written contract by which one engages to take and pay for capital stock of a corporation, or to contribute a sum of money for a designated purpose, either gratuitously, as in the case of sub- scribing to a charity, or in consideration of,' an equivalent to be rendered, as a subscription to a periodical, a forthcoming book, a series of entertainments, or the like.

- A list of subscribers to meet agreement with each other or a third person.

- He who witnesses or attests the signature of a party to an instrument, and in testimony thereof subscribes his own name to the document.
- One who sees a writing executed, or hears it acknowledged, and at the request of the party thereupon signs his name as a witness.

>> SUBSCRIPTIO.<< Lat. In the civil law.
- A writing under, or under-writing; a writing of the name on instrument by way of attestation or ratification; subscription.
- A kind of imperial constitution which was granted in answer to the prayer of a petitioner who was present. Calvin.

My apologies if my response seems overly long and/or complicated.. it's just that the subject matter at the Law is a very very important one to us 'All'..??

Cheers - Ajay Reed.
Memetically speaking... this is exactly what the doctor ordered. Thank you.
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n(Medicine) informal a medical prescription[C20: short for prescription]Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

I have heard "scrip" used by lots of doctors and nurses. Some say script. Some say scrip. The correct version is actually a shortened street version of prescription as it says above, thus, script. See? It's right in the word (so is scrip) ... I myself say "scrip" but I'm going to change that to "script" ...

Apart from the medical context, SCRIP is a promissory note as described above. In the same context as a promissory note it is also used to describe a share certificate issued by a company to a shareholder.

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