Hi Abbie

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Can you explain the difference between a Script and a Prescription?

Are they two different/are they dependent on each other?

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Hi Pagal,

SCRIPT

1. script - text for play or film

2. to script - to write or direct a play/film

3. script - text of a particular language

PRESCRIPTION

1. a piece of paper on which the doctor writes an order for medicine and which you give to your chemist.

2. medicene which a doctor has told you to take.

3. a proposal or a plan which gives ideas about how to to solve a problem or improve a situation.
Sometimes doctors will shorten the word "perscription" into "script" (example: Dr. Smith wrote the patient a script for the antibiotic.)
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What about the difference between "scrip" and "script"?
Exactly, right, Dr. Panic!

In Canada and the USA we nurses and doctors often use the term 'script' to refer to a prescription. We also use the term 'script' to refer to a blank prescription pad. For example, " do you have a script laying around here that I can use?" The public does NOT use the term script. It is purely professional jargon.

Melodie
I have also seen "Scrip." The place I can recall is in Carl Hiaasen's novel, "Skinny Dip," page 111
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A script is not a prescription, but it is a type of writing or the words of a play. 'Scrip', however is a piece of paper that was origanally a private banknote and people were sometimes paid in scrip, although they usually preferred 'hard cash'.

This meaning of 'scrip' spilled over to mean the piece of paper a medical prescription is written on.
AnonymousA script is not a prescription, but it is a type of writing or the words of a play. 'Scrip', however is a piece of paper that was origanally a private banknote and people were sometimes paid in scrip, although they usually preferred 'hard cash'.

This meaning of 'scrip' spilled over to mean the piece of paper a medical prescription is written on.
In BrE a script is a shortened, street version of perscription, as well the things mentioned in the earlier posts. I have never heard of scrip, although I did enjoy reading your origin of the word.
I have checked an American dictionary and that lists script as perscription, deriving from scribe (to write). It seems that the BrE and AmE have the same meaning on this. Scrip also appears as decription as stated in earlier posts.
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