[ spes-uh-fis-i-tee ]
/ ˌspɛs əˈfɪs ɪ ti /
When To Use Definite vs. Indefinite ArticlesArticles are a unique type of adjectives that indicate which noun (person, place, or thing) you’re talking about. The only definite article in English is the, and it refers to a specific noun. Indefinite articles (a or an) refer to nouns more generally. Indefinite Articles Indefinite articles refer to non-specific nouns. Think “I need a pen” or “I want an orange.” In both cases, we …
Related formsnon·spec·i·fic·i·ty, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-specificity
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Medicine definitions for non-specificity
[ spĕs′ə-fĭs′ĭ-tē ]
The condition or state of being specific.
The statistical probability that an individual who does not have the particular disease being tested for will be correctly identified as negative, expressed as the proportion of true negative results to the total of true negative and false positive results.
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