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Meaning of the Rx Symbol

The Rx symbol has been encountered by many people especially in medicine. A good number are however not aware of what it means. Some people think it is a logo for certain products. This is however not true. The symbol is a combination of the letter R and x made to appear as one. It therefore becomes one and not two different letters. It has been used widely especially by medics. The meaning of this symbol has been explained using different theories. The theories normally point to one direction though they are derived from different cultures. A better understanding of what it actually means has thus been derived.

In Latin culture the symbol was derived from the word ‘recipere’. This word means ‘to take’. Doctors use it to prescribe medication to their patients. This normally directs how the medicine should be taken and at what time. It is also seen as a command symbol. People are required to do as stated when they find the symbol in a sentence. It also helps patients in understanding how they should take prescribed drugs. It is in addition used to make emphasis to commands.

According to the Egyptians, the symbol portrays the eye of Horus. This was an Egyptian god associated with bringing good health. It is also believed to have kept evil spirits away. It was therefore a symbol of protection for the community. In order to keep the Egyptian kings safe in their afterlife, the symbol was craved on their graves. The community knew that they were safe with this symbol thus felt safe. It was as well used on those who needed healing. This is why its use is still common in the medical field.

In the Roman culture, the symbol denoted the god of Jupiter. Being the largest star, it was considered the king of the gods. People believed that worshipping this god brought about healing. They believed that it could command other gods to bring about wellness in the community. When medicine men gave medicine to their clients, they would include the symbol to plea with the gods to enable the patient heal. The patients were thus hopeful that they would receive their healing.

For decades, the symbol has been in use. No matter the small variations in meaning according to different cultures, its use has remained to be in the medical area. This symbol can be found in pharmacies and drugs. People need to be aware of this symbol by understanding its origin and meaning. This prevents the rise of superstitions regarding the meaning of this symbol. It also makes sure that there is correct use of the symbol. It is important for people to ensure they have an understanding of the various symbols used.