Prescription Take ℞


Symbol Meaning

In English the abbreviation “Rx” is commonly written on medicine that can only be sold with a doctor's prescription. Such an abbreviation can be found in drug instructions and packaging, pharmaceutical and dispensing documents, medical textbooks, and patient brochures.

Unicode has a special symbol called “Prescription Take” that consists of a capital Latin “R” and a small letter “x” combined into a smart-looking symbol. It looks original and remarkable in text, so there’s no chance a person reading the paper will miss some important information about the prescription required. The symbol belongs to the Letterlike Symbols2100–214F block.

The symbol “Prescription Take” is included in the “Letterlike symbols” subblock of the “Letterlike Symbols” block and was approved as part of Unicode version 1.1 in 1993.

Text is also available in the following languages: Español; Русский;


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Unicode Name Prescription Take
Unicode Number
CSS Code
Entity ℞
Plane 0: Basic Multilingual Plane
Unicode Block Letterlike Symbols
Unicode Subblock Letterlike symbols
Unicode Version 1.1 (1993)
Type of paired mirror bracket (bidi) None
Composition Exclusion No
Case change 211E
Simple case change 211E
Grapheme_Base +
scripts Common
Encoding hex dec (bytes) dec binary
UTF-8 E2 84 9E 226 132 158 14845086 11100010 10000100 10011110
UTF-16BE 21 1E 33 30 8478 00100001 00011110
UTF-16LE 1E 21 30 33 7713 00011110 00100001
UTF-32BE 00 00 21 1E 0 0 33 30 8478 00000000 00000000 00100001 00011110
UTF-32LE 1E 21 00 00 30 33 0 0 505479168 00011110 00100001 00000000 00000000

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