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Pronunciation: spe-sif'ik


  1. Relating to a species.
  2. Relating to an individual infectious disease, one caused by a special microorganism.
  3. A remedy having a definite therapeutic action in relation to a particular disease or symptom, as quinine in relation to malaria.

[L. specificus fr. species + facio, to make]

See Also: specific epithet

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