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specific /spɪˈsɪfɪk/ adj
  1. explicit, particular, or definite
  2. relating to a specified or particular thing: a specific treatment for arthritis
  3. of or relating to a biological species
  4. (of a disease) caused by a particular pathogenic agent
  5. characteristic of a property of a particular substance, esp in relation to the same property of a standard reference substance: specific gravity
  6. characteristic of a property of a particular substance per unit mass, length, area, volume, etc: specific heat
  7. (of an extensive physical quantity) divided by mass: specific heat capacity, specific volume
  8. denoting a tariff levied at a fixed sum per unit of weight, quantity, volume, etc, irrespective of value
n
  1. (sometimes plural) a designated quality, thing, etc
  2. any drug used to treat a particular disease
Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin specificus, from Latin species

speˈcifically adv specificity /ˌspɛsɪˈfɪsɪtɪ/ n



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