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Specific vs. Specified

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Specificadjective

explicit or definite

Specifiedadjective

Thoroughly explained. en

Specificadjective

(sciences) Pertaining to a species.

Specifiedverb

simple past tense and past participle of specify

Specificadjective

(taxonomy) pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species

Specifiedadjective

clearly and explicitly stated;

‘meals are at specified times’;

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Specificadjective

special, distinctive or unique

Specificadjective

intended for, or applying to, a particular thing

Specificadjective

being a remedy for a particular disease

‘Quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria.’;

Specificadjective

(immunology) limited to a particular antibody or antigen

Specificadjective

(physics) of a value divided by mass (e.g. specific orbital energy)

Specificadjective

(physics) similarly referring to a value divided by any measure which acts to standardize it (e.g. thrust specific fuel consumption, referring to fuel consumption divided by thrust)

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Specificadjective

(physics) a measure compared with a standard reference value by division, to produce a ratio without unit or dimension (e.g. specific refractive index is a pure number, and is relative to that of air)

Specificnoun

A distinguishing attribute or quality.

Specificnoun

A remedy for a specific disease or condition.

Specificnoun

Specification

Specificnoun

(in the plural) The details; particulars.

Specificadjective

Of or pertaining to a species; characterizing or constituting a species; possessing the peculiar property or properties of a thing which constitute its species, and distinguish it from other things; as, the specific form of an animal or a plant; the specific qualities of a drug; the specific distinction between virtue and vice.

‘Specific difference is that primary attribute which distinguishes each species from one another.’;

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Specificadjective

Specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement.

Specificadjective

Exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar adaptation, and not on general principles; as, quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria.

‘In fact, all medicines will be found specific in the perfection of the science.’;

Specificnoun

A specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3.

‘His parents were weak enough to believe that the royal touch was a specific for this malady.’;

Specificnoun

Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied.

Specificnoun

a fact about some part (as opposed to general);

‘he always reasons from the particular to the general’;

Specificnoun

a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease;

‘quinine is a specific for malaria’;

Specificadjective

(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’; ‘nonspecific enteritis’;

Specificadjective

stated explicitly or in detail;

‘needed a specific amount’;

Specificadjective

relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species;

‘specific characters’;

Specificadjective

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’;

Specificadjective

clearly defined or identified

‘savings were made by increasing the electricity supply only until it met specific development needs’;

Specificadjective

precise and clear in making statements or issuing instructions

‘when ordering goods be specific’;

Specificadjective

belonging or relating uniquely to a particular subject

‘information needs are often very specific to individuals’;

Specificadjective

relating to species or a species

‘the differences between them can only be on the specific level’;

Specificadjective

(of a duty or a tax) levied at a fixed rate per physical unit of the thing taxed, regardless of its price.

Specificadjective

of or denoting a number equal to the ratio of the value of some property of a given substance to the value of the same property of some other substance used as a reference, such as water, or of a vacuum, under equivalent conditions

‘specific dielectric strength’;

Specificadjective

of or denoting a physical quantity expressed in terms of a unit mass, volume, or other measure, in order to give a value independent of the properties or scale of the particular system studied

‘specific conductance’;

Specificnoun

a medicine or remedy effective in treating a particular disease or part of the body

‘he grasped at the idea as though she had offered him a specific for cancer’;

Specificnoun

a precise detail

‘I wish I'd put more thought into the specifics’;

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