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Title The origins of using "RX" for prescriptions
Authors Symonenko, Nataliia Oleksandrivna
Keywords Latin
латинська мова
латинский язык
prescription drugs
рецепти ліків
рецепты лекарств
Type Conference Papers
Date of Issue 2015
URI http://essuir.sumdu.edu.ua/handle/123456789/40004
Publisher Sumy State University
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Citation Simonenko, N.O. The origins of using "RX" for prescriptions [Текст] / N.O. Simonenko // Соціально-гуманітарні аспекти розвитку сучасного суспільства : матеріали Всеукраїнської наукової конференції викладачів, аспірантів, співробітників та студентів, м. Суми, 23-24 квітня 2015 року. - Суми : СумДУ, 2015. - С. 51-52.
Abstract Historically, prescriptions were written in Latin and are still written that way now though there are no global standard for them and every country has its own regulations. No one speaks this language now considering it to be "dead" and yet many physicians insist on writing prescriptions in Latin. The word "prescription" comes from the Latin word "praesriptum". Prefix "prae" means "before" and root "script" has the meaning "writing or written". Latin is a universal language so may be used as means of international communication. A prescription properly written in Latin may be interpreted by a trained pharmacist in any country regardless of the nationality of the prescriber. But for the average person, who has no medical background, the prescription abbreviations need to be explained.
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