spe·cif·ic  (sp-sfk)
1. Explicitly set forth; definite. See Synonyms at explicit.
2. Relating to, characterizing, or distinguishing a species.
3. Special, distinctive, or unique: specific qualities and attributes.
a. Intended for, applying to, or acting on a particular thing: a specific remedy for warts.
b. Concerned particularly with the subject specified. Often used in combination: "age-specific voting patterns" (A. Dianne Schmidley).
a. Designating a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition.
b. Having a remedial influence or effect on a particular disease.
6. Immunology Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
a. Designating a customs charge levied on merchandise by unit or weight rather than according to value.
b. Designating a commodity rate applicable to the transportation of a single commodity between named points.
a. Something particularly fitted to a use or purpose.
b. A remedy intended for a particular ailment or disorder.
a. A distinguishing quality or attribute.
b. specifics Distinct items or details; particulars.

[Late Latin specificus : Latin specis, kind, species; see species + Latin -ficus, -fic.]

spe·cifi·cal·ly adv.
speci·fici·ty (sps-fs-t) n.

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1. particular or definite: a specific area of economic policy
2. precise and exact: try and be more specific
1. specifics particular qualities or aspects of something: the specifics of the situation
2. Med any drug used to treat a particular disease [Latin species kind + facere to make]
specifically adv
specificity n

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ThesaurusLegend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.specific - a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always reasons from the particular to the general"
fact - a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred; "first you must collect all the facts of the case"
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"
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
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"
precise - sharply exact or accurate or delimited; "a precise mind"; "specified a precise amount"; "arrived at the precise moment"
specialised, specialized - developed or designed for a special activity or function; "a specialized tool"
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"
specified - clearly and explicitly stated; "meals are at specified times"

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"
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
pathology - the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
nonspecific - not caused by a specific agent; used also of staining in making microscope slides; "nonspecific enteritis"
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