Definition of Specimen

1. Noun. An example regarded as typical of its class.

2. Noun. A bit of tissue or blood or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes. "They collected a urine specimen for urinalysis"
Specialized synonyms: Cytologic Specimen
Generic synonyms: Sample

Definition of Specimen

1. n. A part, or small portion, of anything, or one of a number of things, intended to exhibit the kind and quality of the whole, or of what is not exhibited; a sample; as, a specimen of a man's handwriting; a specimen of painting; aspecimen of one's art.

Definition of Specimen

1. Noun. An individual instance that represents a class; an example. ¹

2. Noun. A sample, especially one used for diagnostic analysis. ¹

3. Noun. (humorous often preceded with “fine”) An eligible man. ¹

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Definition of Specimen

1. a part or individual representative of a group or whole [n -S]

Medical Definition of Specimen

1. A piece or portion of a sample selected for examination. The specimen may, or may not be representative, whereas the sample may have been selected to be representative. (05 Aug 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Specimen

specificity constant
specimen (current term)
specimen bottle
specimen chamber
specimen charge
specimen contamination
specimen distortion
specimen handling
specimen holder
specimen interaction
specimen interaction volume
specimen screen
specimen stage

Literary usage of Specimen

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1914)
"Many an excellent specimen has been ruined by careless handling. ... A single specimen of highest order should not be retained for a moment if its ..."

2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1895)
"BY FP HENRY, MD [Read October 9,1895] I AM indebted to Dr. Charles W. Coburn for this specimen of chylous urine, which I have the honor to present to the ..."

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