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Definition of Specific


  1. 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.
  2. Specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement.
  3. Exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar adaption, and not on general principles; as, quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria.
  4. A specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3.
  5. Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied.
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Specific Translations

specific in Afrikaans is spesifiek
specific in Dutch is specifiek, soortelijk
specific in German is spezifische, spezifisch, spezifische
specific in Swedish is specifik