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specific

[ spi-sif-ik ]
/ spɪˈsɪf ɪk /
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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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species-specific, species-specific antigen, speciesism, specif., specifiable, specific, specific action, specific activity, specific charge, specific conductance, specific dynamic action

Origin of specific

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

Word Origin for specific

C17: from Medieval Latin specificus, from Latin species
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Word Origin and History for specific

specific


adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for specific

specific

[ spĭ-sĭfĭk ]

adj.

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.

n.

A remedy intended for a particular ailment or disorder.
Related formsspe•cifi•cal•ly adv.
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