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Adjective: specific  spu'si-fik
  1. (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"
     
  2. Stated explicitly or in detail
    "needed a specific amount"
     
  3. Relating to, distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species
    "specific characters"
     
  4. (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"
     
  5. (physics) measured by comparison to a standard reference
Noun: specific  spu'si-fik
  1. A fact about some part (as opposed to general)
    - particular
     
  2. 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

Encyclopedia: Specific