[ spi-sif-ik ]
/ spɪˈsɪf ɪk /



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 forms

Synonym study

1. See special.
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British Dictionary definitions for unspecific (1 of 2)


/ (ˌʌnspɪˈsɪfɪk) /


not explicit, particular, or definite

British Dictionary definitions for unspecific (2 of 2)


/ (spɪˈsɪfɪk) /



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

Derived Forms

specifically, adverbspecificity (ˌspɛsɪˈfɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for specific

C17: from Medieval Latin specificus, from Latin species
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Medicine definitions for unspecific


[ spĭ-sĭfĭk ]


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.


A remedy intended for a particular ailment or disorder.

Related forms

spe•cifi•cal•ly adv.
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