from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Explicitly set forth; definite: synonym: explicit.
- adjective Clear or detailed in communicating.
- adjective Limited, distinctive, or unique.
- adjective Intended for, applying to, or acting on a particular thing.
- adjective Concerned particularly with the subject specified. Often used in combination.
- adjective Relating to, characterizing, or distinguishing a species.
- adjective Designating a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition.
- adjective Having a remedial influence or effect on a particular disease.
- adjective Immunology Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
- adjective Designating a customs charge levied on merchandise by unit or weight rather than according to value.
- adjective Designating a commodity rate applicable to the transportation of a single commodity between named points.
- noun Something particularly fitted to a use or purpose.
- noun A remedy intended for a particular ailment or disorder.
- noun A distinguishing quality or attribute.
- noun Distinct items or details; particulars.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A definite substance in the serum of an animal that gives rise to a special kind of immunity.
- That is specified or defined; distinctly named, formulated, or determined; of a special kind or a definite tenor; determinate; explicit: as, a specific sum of money; a specific offer; specific, obligations or duties; a specific aim or pursuit.
- Pertaining to or accordant with what is specified or determined; relating to or regarding a definite subject; conformable to special occasion or requirement, prescribed terms, or known conditions; having a special use or application.
- Of or pertaining to a species.
- Peculiar; special.
- In law, having a certain or well-defined form or designation; observing a certain form; precise.
- In medicine, related to special infection, particularly syphilitic infection; produced by some distinct zymotic poison.
- Synonyms and
- Particular, etc. See
- noun Something adapted or expected to produce a specific effect; that which is, or is supposed to be, capable of infallibly bringing about a desired result; especially, a remedy which cures, or tends to cure, a certain disease, whatever may be its manifestations, as mercury used as a remedy for syphilis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Med.) A specific remedy. See
specific, a., 3.
- noun Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied.
- adjective 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
- adjective Specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating.
- adjective (Med.) Exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar adaptation, and not on general principles.
- adjective (Nat. Hist.) a characteristic or characteristics distinguishing one species from every other species of the same genus.
- adjective (Med.) A disease which is itself uniformly produced by a definite and peculiar poison or organism.
- adjective (Com.) See under
- adjective (Physics) See under
- adjective (Physics) the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of a body one degree, taking as the unit of measure the quantity required to raise the same weight of water from zero to one degree.
- adjective (Physics) the effect of a dielectric body in producing static electric induction as compared with that of some other body or bodies referred to as a standard.
- adjective (Law) a bequest of a particular thing, as of a particular animal or piece of furniture, specified and distinguished from all others.
- adjective (Nat. Hist.) the name which, appended to the name of the genus, constitutes the distinctive name of the species; -- originally applied by Linnæus to the essential character of the species, or the
essential difference. The present specific namehe at first called the trivial name.
- adjective (Law) the peformance of a contract or agreement as decreed by a court of equity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective sciences Pertaining to a
- adjective taxonomy pertaining to a taxon at the rank of
special, distinctiveor unique
intendedfor, or applyingto a particularthing
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Medieval Latin specificus : Latin speciēs, kind, species; see species + Latin -ficus, -fic.]
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From Old French specifique, from Late Latin specificus ("specific, particular"), from Latin speciēs ("kind") + faciō ("make").
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