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Meaning of SPECIFIC

Pronunciation:  spi'sifik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease; "quinine is a specific for malaria"
  2. [n]  a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always reasons from the particular to the general"
  3. [adj]  stated explicitly or in detail; "needed a specific amount"
  4. [adj]  (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"
  5. [adj]  (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"
  6. [adj]  relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species; "specific characters"

SPECIFIC is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: ad hoc, circumstantial, limited, particular, particular(a), particularised, particularized, peculiar(a), proper(ip), special, special(a), specified, unique(p)
 Antonyms: general, general, nonspecific
 See Also: fact, medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine, precise, specialised, specialized



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spe*cif"ic\, a. [F. sp['e]cifique, or NL. cpesificus;
    L. species a particular sort or kind + facere to make. Cf.
    1. 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.
             Specific difference is that primary attribute which
             distinguishes each species from one another. --I.
    2. Specifying; definite, or making definite; limited;
       precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement.
    3. (Med.) 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.
             In fact, all medicines will be found specific in the
             perfection of the science.            --Coleridge.
    {Specific character} (Nat. Hist.), a characteristic or
       characteristics distinguishing one species from every
       other species of the same genus.
    {Specific disease} (Med.)
       (a) A disease which produces a determinate definite effect
           upon the blood and tissues or upon some special
       (b) A disease which is itself uniformly produced by a
           definite and peculiar poison or organism.
    {Specific duty}. (Com.) See under {Duty}.
    {Specific gravity}. (Physics) See under {Gravity}.
    {Specific heat} (Physics), the quantity of heat required to
       raise 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; thus, the specific heat
       of mercury is 0.033, that of water being 1.000.
    {Specific inductive capacity} (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.
    {Specific legacy} (Law), a bequest of a particular thing, as
       of a particular animal or piece of furniture, specified
       and distinguished from all others. --Wharton. --Burrill.
    {Specific name} (Nat., Hist.), the name which, appended to
       the name of the genus, constitutes the distinctive name of
       the species; -- originally applied by Linn[ae]us to the
       essential character of the species, or the essential
       difference. The present specific name he at first called
       the {trivial name}.
    {Specific performance} (Law), the peformance of a contract or
       agreement as decreed by a court of equity.
  2. \Spe*cif"ic\, n.
    1. (Med.) A specific remedy. See {Specific}, a., 3.
             His parents were weak enough to believe that the
             royal touch was a specific for this malady.
    2. Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which
       it is applied. --Dr. H. More.