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Definition of 'specific'


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


  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"
       Antonyms: 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"
       Antonyms: nonspecific

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