specimen

[ spes-uh-muhn ]
/ ˈspɛs ə mən /

noun

a part or an individual taken as exemplifying a whole mass or number; a typical animal, plant, mineral, part, etc.
(in medicine, microbiology, etc.) a sample of a substance or material for examination or study: a urine specimen; a tissue specimen.
a particular or peculiar kind of person.

Nearby words

  1. specifically,
  2. specification,
  3. specificity,
  4. specifics,
  5. specify,
  6. specimen plant,
  7. speciosity,
  8. specious,
  9. specious present,
  10. speciously

Origin of specimen

1600–10; < Latin: mark, example, indication, sign, equivalent to speci-, stem of specere to look, regard + -men noun suffix denoting result or means

Synonym study

1. See example.

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British Dictionary definitions for specimen

specimen

/ (ˈspɛsɪmɪn) /

noun

  1. an individual, object, or part regarded as typical of the group or class to which it belongs
  2. (as modifier)a specimen signature; a specimen page
med a sample of tissue, blood, urine, etc, taken for diagnostic examination or evaluation
the whole or a part of an organism, plant, rock, etc, collected and preserved as an example of its class, species, etc
informal, often derogatory a person

Word Origin for specimen

C17: from Latin: mark, evidence, proof, from specere to look at

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Word Origin and History for specimen

specimen

n.

1610s, "pattern, model," from Latin specimen "indication, mark, example, sign, evidence," from specere "to look at" (see scope (n.1)). Meaning "single thing regarded as typical of its kind" first recorded 1650s.

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Medicine definitions for specimen

specimen

[ spĕsə-mən ]

n.

A sample, as of tissue, blood, or urine, used for analysis and diagnosis.

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