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Meaning of SPECIMEN

Pronunciation:  'spesumun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a bit of tissue or blood or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes; "they collected a urine specimen for urinalysis"
  2. [n]  an example regarded as typical of its class

SPECIMEN is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: cytologic specimen, example, illustration, instance, representative, sample



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Spec"i*men\, n. [L., fr. specere to look, to behold.
See {Spy}.]
A part, or small portion, of anything, or one of a number of
things, intended to exhibit the kind and quality of the
whole, or of what is not exhibited; a sample; as, a specimen
of a man's handwriting; a specimen of painting; aspecimen of
one's art.

Syn: Sample; model; pattern.

Usage: {Specimen}, {Sample}. A specimen is a representative
       of the class of things to which it belongs; as, a
       specimen of photography. A sample is a part of the
       thing itself, designed to show the quality of the
       whole; as, a sample of sugar or of broadcloth. A
       cabinet of minerals consists of specimens; if a part
       be broken off from any one of these, it is a sample of
       the mineral to which it belongs. ``Several persons
       have exhibited specimens of this art before multitudes
       of beholders.'' --Addison. ``I design this but for a
       sample of what I hope more fully to discuss.''