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Recipe; take.

An abbreviation used at the beginning of a medical prescription. This has been a symbol used by pharmacists since ancient times. There is supposed to be a slant bar across the base of the R (℞) and it represents the sign of the Roman god Jupiter, under whose special protection all medicines were placed.

The letter itself and its flourish may be paraphrased: "Under the good auspices of Jove, the patron of medicines, take the following drugs in the proportions set down."

This entry is located in the following unit: Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group R (page 2)