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specificity

[ spes-uh-fis-i-tee ]
/ ˌspɛs əˈfɪs ɪ ti /
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noun
the quality or state of being specific.
Biochemistry, Pharmacology. the selective attachment or influence of one substance on another, as an antibiotic and its target organism or an antibody and its specific antigen.
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Origin of specificity

First recorded in 1875–80; specific + -ity

OTHER WORDS FROM specificity

non·spec·i·fic·i·ty, noun
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