AskDefine | Define specific

Dictionary Definition

specific adj
1 (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" [ant: general, nonspecific]
2 stated explicitly or in detail; "needed a specific amount"
3 relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species; "specific characters"
4 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" [ant: nonspecific]


1 a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always reasons from the particular to the general" [syn: particular] [ant: general, general]
2 a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease; "quinine is a specific for malaria"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. explicit or definite
  2. of, or relating to a species
  3. 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
  7. (immunology) being limited to a particular antibody or antigen
  8. a value divided by the mass (e.g. specific volume)



specific (plural specifics)








Extensive Definition

Specific can mean:
In science, specific can denote that a measurement is expressed per unit mass (or weight): or is relative to a standard value:

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