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Definitions of specific

  1. a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease; "quinine is a specific for malaria" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A remedy for a particular disease. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. 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.
  4. A remedy which has a special use or virtue. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. 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.
  6. Specifically. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species; "specific characters" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. stated explicitly or in detail; "needed a specific amount" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. (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
  10. (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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. A specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. 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.
  17. Pertaining to, or designating, a species; peculiar. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Definite; particular; special. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Specifical. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.

Usage examples for specific

  1. Specific data on the scale and character of population movements were not available. – Area Handbook for Albania by Eugene K. Keefe Sarah Jane Elpern William Giloane James M. Moore, Jr. Stephen Peters Eston T. White
  2. He is actually punished for sleeping under a bush on the specific and stated ground that he cannot afford a bed. – A Short History of England by G. K. Chesterton
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