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What's the meaning of Rx mentioned in the Doctor's prescription?

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Asked by Joseph Chacko, 18 Sep '09 02:18 am
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Good question indeed......!!!

Theory one: "The symbol Rx is derived from the major lines in the symbol of the Eye of Horus. Horus was an Egyptian god, the god of Nekhen, a village in Egypt, and god of the sky, of light, and of goodness. He was the son of Isis, the nature goddess, and Osiris, the god of the underworld. Osiris was murdered by his evil brother Seth, the god of darkness and evil. Horus sought to avenge his fathers death by challenging his uncle Seth to a fight. Seth cut out Horuss eye, but Thoth, a god associated with wisdom and compassion, magically restored the eye. Horus did defeat Seth, finally. Horuss eye, also called the wadjet eye, became a symbol for health. The Egyptians considered it a symbol of good and restored health."

Theory two: Rx is an abbreviation for the Latin word "recipere" or "recipe," which means "Take, thou."

Theory three: Devils, Drugs, and Doctors, written in 1931: "Rx is not, as is frequently supposed, an abbreviation of a Latin word mea ...more
Answered by anantharaman, 18 Sep '09 02:46 am

 
  
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Rx is a medical symbol commonly used even today in prescriptions made by doctors. In the olden days, physicians used a small box symbol () in their prescriptions, and though it is still used in some places today, the conventional box symbol has given way to the Rx symbol. It is actually written as the capital letter R with its tail crossed, and not as the letter R in the upper case and the letter x in the lower case. Rx stands for the Latin word 'recipe', which meant 'take'. It was an instruction given by the doctor to the pharmacist to take the list of items (or ingredients) required by him to prepare the medication.
Answered by inquisitive, 18 Sep '09 02:30 am

 
  
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The symbol "Rx" is usually said to stand for the Latin word "recipe".
The use of Rx in prescriptions originated as an astrological symbol that was written for talismanic reasons at the start of medical prescriptions.
Rx is an contraction latin word "reciepe" ,meaning "you take".
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 20 Sep '09 03:27 pm

 
  
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The use of Rx in prescriptions originated as an astrological symbol that was written for talismanic reasons at the start of medical prescriptions. Later it changed into (an uppercase R with its tail crossed), and was used as an abbreviation for the Latin word recipe = "take" (imperative), i.e. an instruction to the pharmacist to take the items listed in order to prepare the medicine. When printing came, it was rendered as "Rx".
Answered by Pardeep kapoor, 18 Sep '09 02:20 am

 
  
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Ranbaxy
Answered by SHEETAL, 21 Sep '09 10:36 am

 
  
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Rx means treatment...
Answered by lucky, 21 Sep '09 03:48 am

 
  
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Rx, means you take the following medicines
Answered by ram kishore rathi, 20 Sep '09 05:33 pm

 
  
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Rx is believed to be of latin origin, meaning "recipe" or receive.
Answered by mandook, 19 Sep '09 08:47 pm

 
  
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Rx: A medical prescription. The symbol "Rx" is usually said to stand for the Latin word "recipe" meaning "to take." It is customarily part of the superscription (heading) of a prescription.

Another explanation for the origin of Rx is that it was derived from the astrological sign for Jupiter which was once placed on prescriptions to invoke that god's blessing on the drug to help the patient recover.-courtsey google
Answered by Sumit Basu, 19 Sep '09 05:24 pm

 
  
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Thi code for directing ptient to keep th priscriptiob and regularly take the medicine
Answered by Dinesh C S, 19 Sep '09 03:14 pm

 
  
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