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order

 [or´der]
1. a taxonomic category subordinate to a class and superior to a family (or suborder).
2. the prescription of a physician regarding treatment of a patient.
standing order a physician's order that can be exercised by other health care workers when predetermined conditions have been met.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

standing order

Medtalk Instructions for Pt management that are to be followed–usually by the nursing staff on a regular and consistent basis, unless instructed to the contrary–eg, SOs for medications or changing of wound dressings. Cf Standing order.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.