- (of a disease) produced by a special cause or infection.
- (of a remedy) having special effect in the prevention or cure of a certain disease.
- designating a physical constant that, for a particular substance, is expressed as the ratio of the quantity in the substance to the quantity in an equal volume of a standard substance, as water or air.
- designating a physical constant that expresses a property or effect as a quantity per unit length, area, volume, or mass.
Origin of specific
Antonyms for specific
Related Words for unspecificundetermined, infinite, unlimited, undefined, ambiguous, unclear, fuzzy, tricky, volatile, fleeting, puzzling, illusory, slippery, subtle, incomprehensible, loose, broad, confused, doubtful, dubious
Examples from the Web for unspecific
Contemporary Examples of unspecific
Dawn is upbeat yet unspecific, avoiding the potential irony Churchill warned of when an overconfidently named mission goes poorly.Why Is the Libya War Called Operation Odyssey Dawn?
March 22, 2011
She did offer up a few studiously unspecific opinions and policy proposals.Fox's New Leading Lady
January 12, 2010
- characteristic of a property of a particular substance, esp in relation to the same property of a standard reference substancespecific gravity
- characteristic of a property of a particular substance per unit mass, length, area, volume, etcspecific heat
- (of an extensive physical quantity) divided by massspecific heat capacity; specific volume
Word Origin for specific
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.