- having a special application, bearing, or reference; specifying, explicit, or definite: to state one's specific purpose.
- specified, precise, or particular: a specific sum of money.
- peculiar or proper to somebody or something, as qualities, characteristics, effects, etc.: His specific problems got him into trouble.
- of a special or particular kind.
- concerned specifically with the item or subject named (used in combination): The Secretary addressed himself to crop-specific problems.
- Biology. of or relating to a species: specific characters.
- (of a disease) produced by a special cause or infection.
- (of a remedy) having special effect in the prevention or cure of a certain disease.
- Immunology. (of an antibody or antigen) having a particular effect on only one antibody or antigen or affecting it in only one way.
- Commerce. noting customs or duties levied in fixed amounts per unit, as number, weight, or volume.
- designating a physical constant that, for a particular substance, is expressed as the ratio of the quantity in the substance to the quantity in an equal volume of a standard substance, as water or air.
- designating a physical constant that expresses a property or effect as a quantity per unit length, area, volume, or mass.
- something specific, as a statement, quality, detail, etc.
- Medicine/Medical. a specific remedy: There is no specific for the common cold.
Origin of specific
Related Wordsprecise, limited, different, definitive, distinct, definite, unequivocal, explicit, individual, clear-cut, specialized, unique, exact, peculiar, special, unambiguous, characteristic, express, set, sole
Examples from the Web for specific
One specific kind of emergency is at the heart of this, such as when an airplane suffers a loss of stability at night.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
So too with a vaccine that provokes a specific immune response aimed at a specific RNA sequence.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers
January 1, 2015
“Protocols have specific meanings behind them, rather than do what I say because I say so,” she added.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
“Very few agencies offer police any specific guidance or training on how to question people with ID,” said Garrett.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
To that end, PepsiCo adapts different global brands with products customized for specific markets.The Science of Ingredient Innovation
December 15, 2014
Food of specific sorts is rarely, if at all, mentioned in the poem.Beowulf
Man-stealing was a specific offence, with its specific penalty.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
Its kernel is very bitter, and it is said to be a specific against fevers.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
The delirium of jealousy is a specific symptom of chronic alcoholism.The Sexual Question
The specific name, "nasty" or "stinking," has really no application to the plant.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- explicit, particular, or definiteplease be more specific
- relating to a specified or particular thinga specific treatment for arthritis
- of or relating to a biological speciesspecific differences
- (of a disease) caused by a particular pathogenic agent
- characteristic of a property of a particular substance, esp in relation to the same property of a standard reference substancespecific gravity
- characteristic of a property of a particular substance per unit mass, length, area, volume, etcspecific heat
- (of an extensive physical quantity) divided by massspecific heat capacity; specific volume
- Also (rare): specifical commerce denoting a tariff levied at a fixed sum per unit of weight, quantity, volume, etc, irrespective of value
- (sometimes plural) a designated quality, thing, etc
- med any drug used to treat a particular disease
Word Origin and History for specific
1630s, "having a special quality," from French spécifique, from Late Latin specificus "constituting a species," from Latin species "kind, sort" (see species). Earlier form was specifical (early 15c.). Meaning "definite, precise" first recorded 1740.
- Relating to, characterizing, or distinguishing a species.
- Intended for, applying to, or acting on a specified thing.
- Designating a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition.
- Having a remedial influence or effect on a particular disease.
- In immunology, having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
- A remedy intended for a particular ailment or disorder.