Definitions of specific

  1. a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease; " quinine is a specific for malaria"
  2. A remedy for a particular disease.
  3. A remedy which has a special power in a particular disease: an infallible remedy.
  4. A remedy which has a special use or virtue.
  5. A remedy for a particular disease; an unfailing agency or means. Specific gravity, See Gravity. Specific heat, the quantity required to raise equal weights of different bodies through equal intervals of temperature.
  6. Specifically.
  7. stated explicitly or in detail; " needed a specific amount"
  8. ( sometimes followed by ` to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique; " rules with specific application"; " demands specific to the job"; " a specific and detailed account of the accident"
  9. ( medicine and pathology) being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides; " quinine is highly specific for malaria"; " a specific remedy"; " a specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements"
  10. being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides; " quinine is highly specific for malaria"; " a specific remedy".
  11. Of or pertaining to a species; characterizing or constituting a species; possessing the peculiar property or properties of a thing which constitute its species, and distinguish it from other things; as, the specific form of an animal or a plant; the specific qualities of a drug; the specific distinction between virtue and vice.
  12. Exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar adaption, and not on general principles; as, quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria.
  13. A specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3.
  14. Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied.
  15. Of or pertaining to a species, or group, of which the members have common characteristics and are called by a common name; definite or particular; precise; as, specific information; having some particular curing or healing quality; as, a specific medicine; peculiar; as, a specific form of a disease.
  16. Pertaining to, or designating, a species; peculiar.
  17. Definite; particular; special.
  18. Specifical.
  19. Constituting or distinguishing a species; that specifies, or particularizes, or tends to do so; efficacious for the cure of a particular disease.
  20. The second name in binomial nomenclature, which see ; characteristics distinguishing a species.
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