Definition of Specific

1. Noun. A fact about some part (as opposed to general). "He always reasons from the particular to the general"

Exact synonyms: Particular
Generic synonyms: Fact
Antonyms: General, General

2. Adjective. (sometimes followed by 'to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique. "A specific and detailed account of the accident"

3. Noun. A medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease. "Quinine is a specific for malaria"

4. Adjective. Stated explicitly or in detail. "Needed a specific amount"
Similar to: Specified
Derivative terms: Specificity

5. Adjective. Relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species. "Specific characters"
Partainyms: Species

6. Adjective. Being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides. "A specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements"
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine, Pathology
Antonyms: Nonspecific

Definition of Specific

1. a. Of or pertaining to a species; characterizing or constituting a species; possessing the peculiar property or properties of a thing which constitute its species, and distinguish it from other things; as, the specific form of an animal or a plant; the specific qualities of a drug; the specific distinction between virtue and vice.

2. n. A specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3.

Definition of Specific

1. Adjective. explicit or definite ¹

2. Adjective. of, or relating to a species ¹

3. Adjective. (taxonomy) pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species ¹

4. Adjective. special, distinctive or unique ¹

5. Adjective. intended for, or applying to a particular thing ¹

6. Adjective. being a remedy for a particular disease ¹

7. Adjective. (immunology) limited to a particular antibody or antigen ¹

8. Adjective. (physics) of a value divided by mass (e.g. specific orbital energy) ¹

9. Adjective. (physics) similarly referring to a value divided by any measure which acts to standardize it (e.g. thrust specific fuel consumption, referring to fuel consumption divided by thrust) ¹

10. Adjective. (physics) a measure compared with a standard reference value by division, to produce a ratio without unit or dimension (e.g. specific refractive index is a pure number, and is relative to that of air) ¹

11. Noun. A distinguishing attribute or quality. ¹

12. Noun. Something particularly adapted for a particular use, as a remedy for a particular disorder ¹

13. Noun. Specification ¹

14. Noun. (context: in the plural) The details; particulars. ¹

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Definition of Specific

1. a remedy intended for a particular disease [n -S]

Medical Definition of Specific

1. 1. Pertaining to a species. 2. Produces by a single kind of microorganism. 3. A remedy specially indicated for any particular disease. 4. Pertaining to the special affinity of antigen for the corresponding antibody. Origin: L. Specificus This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Specific

species name
species names
species specificity
species tolerance
specific (current term)
specific absorbance
specific absorption coefficient
specific action
specific active immunity
specific activity
specific address
specific addresses
specific anergy
specific antigens
specific antiserum
specific capsular substance
specific cause
specific charge
specific cholinesterase

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