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specific

[ spi-sif-ik ]
/ spɪˈsɪf ɪk /
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Definition of specific

adjective
noun
something specific, as a statement, quality, detail, etc.
Medicine/Medical. a specific remedy: There is no specific for the common cold.
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Origin of specific

1625–35; <Medieval Latin specificus, equivalent to Latin speci(ēs) species + -ficus-fic

synonym study for specific

1. See special.

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British Dictionary definitions for specific

specific
/ (spɪˈsɪfɪk) /

adjective
noun
(sometimes plural) a designated quality, thing, etc
med any drug used to treat a particular disease

Derived forms of specific

specifically, adverbspecificity (ˌspɛsɪˈfɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for specific

C17: from Medieval Latin specificus, from Latin species
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