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Definition 1: a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where specific or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • quinine is a specific for malaria

(specific is a kind of ...) (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease

Definition 2: a fact about some part (as opposed to general) - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where specific or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he always reasons from the particular to the general

Synonyms for specific in the sense of this definition

(specific is a kind of ...) a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred

"first you must collect all the facts of the case"

Definition 3: (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where specific or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rules with specific application
  • demands specific to the job
  • a specific and detailed account of the accident

(specific is similar to ...) separate and distinct from others of the same group or category

"interested in one particular artist" "a man who wishes to make a particular woman fall in love with him"

(specific is similar to ...) for or concerned with one specific purpose

"a coordinated policy instead of ad hoc decisions"

(specific is similar to ...) fully detailed and specific about particulars

"a circumstantial report about the debate"

(specific is similar to ...) having a specific function or scope

"a special (or specific) role in the mission"

(specific is similar to ...) unique or specific to a person or thing or category

"the particular demands of the job" "has a particular preference for Chinese art" "a peculiar bond of sympathy between them" "an expression peculiar to Canadians" "rights peculiar to the rich" "the special features of a computer" "my own special chair"

(specific is similar to ...) directed toward a specific object

"particularized thinking as distinct from stereotyped sloganeering"

(specific is similar to ...) limited to the thing specified

"the city proper" "his claim is connected with the deed proper"

(specific is similar to ...) (followed by `to') applying exclusively to a given category or condition or locality

"a species unique to Australia"

(means also ...) sharply exact or accurate or delimited

"a precise mind" "specified a precise amount" "arrived at the precise moment"

(means also ...) developed or designed for a special activity or function

"a specialized tool"

(... are attributes of specific) the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability

Definition 4: being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where specific or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • quinine is highly specific for malaria
  • a specific remedy
  • a specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements

(specific belongs to category ...) the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques

(specific belongs to category ...) the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases

Definition 5: relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where specific or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • specific characters

Definition 6: stated explicitly or in detail - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where specific or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • needed a specific amount

(specific is similar to ...) clearly and explicitly stated

"meals are at specified times"

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