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Definitions of specific

  1. a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always reasons from the particular to the general" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species; "specific characters" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease; "quinine is a specific for malaria" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. stated explicitly or in detail; "needed a specific amount" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (medicine and 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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". Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. 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; as, the specific form of an animal or a plant; the specific qualities of a drug; the specific distinction between virtue and vice. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar adaption, and not on general principles; as, quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. A specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Of or pertaining to a species, or group, of which the members have common characteristics and are called by a common name; definite or particular; precise; as, specific information; having some particular curing or healing quality; as, a specific medicine; peculiar; as, a specific form of a disease. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. A remedy for a particular disease. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Specifically. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. 1. Relating to a species. 2. Relating to an individual infectious disease, one caused by a special microorganism; in a special restricted sense, syphilitic. 3. A remedy having a definite curative action in relation to a particular disease or symptom, as quinine in relation to malaria, or mercury to syphilis. 4. in eclectic practice, denoting a class of drug preparations of standard strength designed to meet certain special indications in the treatment of diseases or symptoms. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  17. A sure cure for a certain disease. Syphilitic. Peculiar. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  18. A remedy which has a special power in a particular disease: an infallible remedy. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. A remedy which has a special use or virtue. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. Pertaining to, or designating, a species; peculiar. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. Definite; particular; special. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Specifical. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Constituting or distinguishing a species; that specifies, or particularizes, or tends to do so; efficacious for the cure of a particular disease. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. A remedy for a particular disease; an unfailing agency or means. Specific gravity, See Gravity. Specific heat, the quantity required to raise equal weights of different bodies through equal intervals of temperature. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. The second name in binomial nomenclature, which see ; characteristics distinguishing a species. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  26. [Latin] The second name in binomial nomenclature, which see; appl. characteristics distinguishing a species (biol.). na
  27. Exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar adaptation, and not on general principles; as, quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria. dictgcide_fs
  28. A substance to which is attributed the special property of removing some particular disease. Probably no such remedy exists. Mercury in syphilis, and sulphur in the itch, have been regarded as the strongest examples. The word is also used adjectively in the sense of special; as "mercury has a specific or special action on the salivary glands." Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  29. Of or pertaining to a species; distinguishing one species from another or any one thing from another of the same kind; hence, definite or precisely limited. S. gravity, see Gravity. S. heat, see Heat. S. rotation, see Rotation. na
  30. Adapted to a particular purpose; fulfilling special indications. S. remedy (also called simply S.), a remedy peculiarly indicated in or specially curative of a given disease. S. treatment, treatment specially adapted to a disease; treatment by s. remedies; sometimes erroneously restricted to such treatment of syphilis. na
  31. Produced by a single definite and peculiar cause, and usually exhibiting special characteristics; as a S. disease (a name sometimes erroneously restricted to syphilis). na
  32. Definite, distinctly formulated, as a s. statement, has no s. aim; of a species, as the s. name of plant &c.; possessing, concerned with, the properties that characterize a species, as the s. forms of animals, draws a s. distinction between them; relating to particular subject; peculiar, as has a s. style, a style s. to that school of painters; s. cause (producing a particular form of disease); s. centre, place or period at which differentiation from a common stock takes place; s. GRAVITY, HEAT; s. medicine, having distinct effect in curing a certain disease; (n.) s. medicine or remedy. Hence specifically adv., specificity, specificness, nn. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  33. Pertaining to a species. American pocket medical dictionary.
  34. A remedy specially indicated for any particular disease. American pocket medical dictionary.
  35. Of a distinct or particular kind, haying certain determinate characteristics. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  36. Peculiar to a certain substance, e. g., s. gravity, s. heat. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  37. Of medicines, exerting a special curative effect. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  38. A euphemistic term for syphilis. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  39. n. A remedy which exert a special action in the prevention or cure of a disease; a remedy supposed to be infallible; in philosophy, that which is peculiar to any thing and distinguishes it from others. Cabinet Dictionary

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