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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to an infection not known to be caused by a specific pathogen.
  • adjective Of or relating to immunity that occurs naturally as a result of a person's genetic makeup or physiology and does not arise from a previous infection or vaccination.

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  • adjective not specific
  • adjective of an infection not caused by a specific pathogen
  • adjective of a person's immunity not caused by previous infection or vaccination
  • adjective of a microscopic stain that does not just stain one type of tissue

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  • adjective not caused by a specific agent; used also of staining in making microscope slides

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  • That creates problems during standard post-deployment screenings, when returning veterans are asked what the authors called "nonspecific" questions, such as whether they were "dazed" or "confused" at the time of an injury or blast "experience."

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