|the usual major subdivision of a family or subfamily in the classification of organisms, usually consisting of more than one species|
|a group of individuals or species having a common ancestry|
|1.||explicit, particular, or definite: please be more specific|
|2.||relating to a specified or particular thing: a specific treatment for arthritis|
|3.||of or relating to a biological species: specific differences|
|4.||(of a disease) caused by a particular pathogenic agent|
|a. characteristic of a property of a particular substance, esp in relation to the same property of a standard reference substance: specific gravity|
|b. characteristic of a property of a particular substance per unit mass, length, area, volume, etc: specific heat|
|c. (of an extensive physical quantity) divided by mass: specific heat capacity; specific volume|
|6.||commerce Also (rare): specifical denoting a tariff levied at a fixed sum per unit of weight, quantity, volume, etc, irrespective of value|
|7.||(sometimes plural) a designated quality, thing, etc|
|8.||med any drug used to treat a particular disease|
|[C17: from Medieval Latin specificus, from Latin |
specific spe·cif·ic (spĭ-sĭf'ĭk)
Relating to, characterizing, or distinguishing a species.
Intended for, applying to, or acting on a specified thing.
Designating a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition.
Having a remedial influence or effect on a particular disease.
In immunology, having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.