specific

[spi-sif-ik]

adjective

noun

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

Origin of specific

1625–35; < Medieval Latin specificus, equivalent to Latin speci(ēs) species + -ficus -fic
Related formsspe·cif·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·spe·cif·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·spe·cif·ic, adjectivepre·spe·cif·i·cal·ly, adverbun·spe·cif·ic, adjectiveun·spe·cif·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonym study

1. See special.

Antonyms for specific

2. vague.
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specific

adjective

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
physics
  1. characteristic of a property of a particular substance, esp in relation to the same property of a standard reference substancespecific gravity
  2. characteristic of a property of a particular substance per unit mass, length, area, volume, etcspecific heat
  3. (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

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 specifics

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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specifics in Medicine

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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