spe`cif´ic   Pronunciation: spė`sĭf´ĭk
a.1.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.
2.Specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement.
3.(Med.) Exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar adaptation, and not on general principles; as, quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria.
Specific character
(Nat. Hist.) a characteristic or characteristics distinguishing one species from every other species of the same genus.
Specific disease
a - (Med.) A disease which produces a determinate definite effect upon the blood and tissues or upon some special tissue
b - A disease which is itself uniformly produced by a definite and peculiar poison or organism.
Specific duty
(Com.) See under Duty.
Specific gravity
(Physics) See under Gravity.
Specific heat
(Physics) the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of a body one degree, taking as the unit of measure the quantity required to raise the same weight of water from zero to one degree; thus, the specific heat of mercury is 0.033, that of water being 1.000.
Specific inductive capacity
(Physics) the effect of a dielectric body in producing static electric induction as compared with that of some other body or bodies referred to as a standard.
Specific legacy
(Law) a bequest of a particular thing, as of a particular animal or piece of furniture, specified and distinguished from all others.
Specific name
(Nat. Hist.) the name which, appended to the name of the genus, constitutes the distinctive name of the species; - originally applied by Linnæus to the essential character of the species, or the essential difference. The present specific name he at first called the trivial name.
- Wharton.
Specific performance
(Law) the peformance of a contract or agreement as decreed by a court of equity.
n.1.(Med.) A specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3.
2.Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied.
Noun1.specific - a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always reasons from the particular to the general"
Synonyms: particular
general - a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular); "he discussed the general but neglected the particular"
2.specific - a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease; "quinine is a specific for malaria"
Adj.1.specific - (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"
general - applying to all or most members of a category or group; "the general public"; "general assistance"; "a general rule"; "in general terms"; "comprehensible to the general reader"
nonspecific - not caused by a specific agent; used also of staining in making microscope slides; "nonspecific enteritis"
2.specific - stated explicitly or in detail; "needed a specific amount"
3.specific - relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species; "specific characters"
4.specific - 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"
nonspecific - not caused by a specific agent; used also of staining in making microscope slides; "nonspecific enteritis"
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Specific character
Specific disease
Specific duty
specific gravity
specific heat
Specific heat of a substance
Specific inductive capacity
Specific legacy
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Specific name
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