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spe•cif•ic /spɪˈsɪfɪk/USA pronunciation
something specific, as a statement or detail:Those are the general principles; now let's look at the specifics and how they apply to each of us.
spec•i•fic•i•ty /ˌspɛsəˈfɪsɪti/USA pronunciationn. [uncountable]See -spec-.
- having a special purpose or reference; explicit or definite:a specific use for a tool.
- specified, precise, or particular; exact:What is the specific time the train will arrive?
- [be + ~ + to + object] proper to only certain persons or things:This symptom is specific to those who have high blood pressure.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
specific /spɪˈsɪfɪk/ adj
- explicit, particular, or definite
- relating to a specified or particular thing: a specific treatment for arthritis
- of or relating to a biological species
- (of a disease) caused by a particular pathogenic agent
- characteristic of a property of a particular substance, esp in relation to the same property of a standard reference substance: specific gravity
- characteristic of a property of a particular substance per unit mass, length, area, volume, etc: specific heat
- (of an extensive physical quantity) divided by mass: specific heat capacity, specific volume
- denoting a tariff levied at a fixed sum per unit of weight, quantity, volume, etc, irrespective of value
Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin specificus, from Latin speciesspeˈcifically adv specificity /ˌspɛsɪˈfɪsɪtɪ/ n
- (sometimes plural) a designated quality, thing, etc
- any drug used to treat a particular disease
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