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.]
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]
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adjective 1. particular, special, characteristic, distinguishing, peculiar, definite, especial << OPPOSITE general
adjective 2. precise, exact, explicit, definite, limited, express, clear-cut, unequivocal, unambiguous << OPPOSITE vague
adjective 3. peculiar, appropriate, individual, particular, personal, unique, restricted, idiosyncratic, endemic