specific

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From Old French specifique, from Late Latin specificus (specific, particular), from Latin speciēs (kind) + faciō (make).

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specific (comparative more specific, superlative most specific)

  1. explicit or definite
  2. (sciences) Pertaining to a species.
    • 2008, Richard Dawkins, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, Oxford 2009, p. 3:
      Science and literature, then, are the two achievements of Homo sapiens that most convincingly justify the specific name.
  3. (taxonomy) pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species
  4. special, distinctive or unique
  5. intended for, or applying to a particular thing
  6. being a remedy for a particular disease
    Quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria.
    • Coleridge
      In fact, all medicines will be found specific in the perfection of the science.
  7. (immunology) limited to a particular antibody or antigen
  8. (physics) of a value divided by mass (e.g. specific orbital energy)
  9. (physics) similarly referring to a value divided by any measure which acts to standardize it (e.g. thrust specific fuel consumption, referring to fuel consumption divided by thrust)
  10. (physics) a measure compared with a standard reference value by division, to produce a ratio without unit or dimension (e.g. specific refractive index is a pure number, and is relative to that of air)

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specific (plural specifics)

  1. A distinguishing attribute or quality.
  2. Something particularly adapted for a particular use, as a remedy for a particular disorder
  3. Specification
  4. (in the plural) The details; particulars.

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French spécifique

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specific 4 nom/acc forms

  1. specific

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