having a special application, bearing, or reference; specifying, explicit, or definite:to state one's specific purpose.
specified, precise, or particular:a specific sum of money.
peculiar or proper to somebody or something, as qualities, characteristics, effects, etc.:His specific problems got him into trouble.
of a special or particular kind.
concerned specifically with the item or subject named (used in combination):The Secretary addressed himself to crop-specific problems.
Biology[Biol.]of or pertaining to a species:specific characters.
(of a disease) produced by a special cause or infection.
(of a remedy) having special effect in the prevention or cure of a certain disease.
Immunology[Immunol.](of an antibody or antigen) having a particular effect on only one antibody or antigen or affecting it in only one way.
Business[Com.]noting customs or duties levied in fixed amounts per unit, as number, weight, or volume.
designating a physical constant that, for a particular substance, is expressed as the ratio of the quantity in the substance to the quantity in an equal volume of a standard substance, as water or air.
designating a physical constant that expresses a property or effect as a quantity per unit length, area, volume, or mass.
something specific, as a statement, quality, detail, etc.
Medicine[Med.]a specific remedy:There is no specific for the common cold.
Medieval Latin specificus, equivalent. to Latin speci(ēs) species + -ficus -fic