What does Rx stand for?


When you see ‘Rx’, it’s just another way to say “medical prescription.” The term ‘Rx’ is borrowed from the widely used Rx symbol that you mostly find on medicine labels. You might also see it written as “R/x”.

The story behind ‘Rx’ takes us back to the Latin language. It’s a shortened version of the Latin word “recipere”, which means “to take”.

We’re not sure exactly when people started using ‘Rx’ as slang. But what we do know is that it’s stuck around, and people still use ‘Rx’ to mean a medical prescription to this day.

Example for using ‘Rx’ in a conversation

Hey, I’m feeling really sick today. 😷

Oh no! Did you go to the doctor?

Yeah, I did. They gave me an Rx for some antibiotics. πŸ₯

I hope you feel better soon! Don’t forget to take your Rx as prescribed. πŸŒ‘οΈπŸ’Š