Adjective: specific spu'si-fik
Noun: specific spu'si-fik
- (sometimes followed by 'to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique
"rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident"
- Stated explicitly or in detail
"needed a specific amount"
- Relating to, distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species
- (pathology) being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides
"quinine is highly specific for malaria"; "a specific remedy"; "a specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements"
- (physics) measured by comparison to a standard reference
- A fact about some part (as opposed to general)
- A medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease
"quinine is a specific for malaria"
Derived forms: specifics
See also: ad hoc, circumstantial, generality, limited, particular, particularised [Brit], particularized, peculiar, precise, proper, special, specialised [Brit], specialized, specified, unique
Type of: fact, medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
Antonym: general, nonspecific