specific

specific
specifically, adv.
/spi sif"ik/, adj.
1. having a special application, bearing, or reference; specifying, explicit, or definite: to state one's specific purpose.
2. specified, precise, or particular: a specific sum of money.
3. peculiar or proper to somebody or something, as qualities, characteristics, effects, etc.: His specific problems got him into trouble.
4. of a special or particular kind.
5. concerned specifically with the item or subject named (used in combination): The Secretary addressed himself to crop-specific problems.
6. Biol. of or pertaining to a species: specific characters.
7. Med.
a. (of a disease) produced by a special cause or infection.
b. (of a remedy) having special effect in the prevention or cure of a certain disease.
8. Immunol. (of an antibody or antigen) having a particular effect on only one antibody or antigen or affecting it in only one way.
9. Com. noting customs or duties levied in fixed amounts per unit, as number, weight, or volume.
10. Physics.
a. designating a physical constant that, for a particular substance, is expressed as the ratio of the quantity in the substance to the quantity in an equal volume of a standard substance, as water or air.
b. designating a physical constant that expresses a property or effect as a quantity per unit length, area, volume, or mass.
n.
11. something specific, as a statement, quality, detail, etc.
12. Med. a specific remedy: There is no specific for the common cold.
[1625-35; < ML specificus, equiv. to L speci(es) SPECIES + -ficus -FIC]
Syn. 1. See special.
Ant. 2. vague.

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