"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[spes-uh-fis-i-tee] /ˌspɛs əˈfɪs ɪ ti/
the quality or state of being specific.
Biochemistry, Pharmacology. the selective attachment or influence of one substance on another, as an antibiotic and its target organism or an antibody and its specific antigen.
Origin of specificity
1875-80; specific + -ity
Related forms
nonspecificity, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for specificity
  • His casts usually have a charmingly animated specificity.
  • More often it takes the form of a rant with little specificity.
  • Third, any plan of action must recognise the specificity of conditions on the ground.
  • From there, it leads to a respect for other places that radiate a similar sense of specificity.
  • The only thing that a math model adds is specificity.
  • The one important characteristic of the art of recovery addiction is its specificity.
  • The pettiness and specificity of the referendum makes it a sucker punch.
  • The solicitation doesn't have much interest in mapping areas of potential concern with much specificity.
  • Note the bright specificity of the ocher and violet time lines, for example.
  • In this complex process, gender specificity is difficult to trace and identify.
Word Origin and History for specificity

1876, from French spécificité or else a native formation from specific + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
specificity in Medicine

specificity spec·i·fic·i·ty (spěs'ə-fĭs'ĭ-tē)

  1. The condition or state of being specific.

  2. The statistical probability that an individual who does not have the particular disease being tested for will be correctly identified as negative, expressed as the proportion of true negative results to the total of true negative and false positive results.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for specificity

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for specificity

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with specificity