adj 1: (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by
or distinguishing something particular or special or
unique; "rules with specific application"; "demands
specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account
of the accident" [ant: general
2: stated explicitly or in detail; "needed a specific amount"
3: relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic
species; "specific characters"
4: (med and pathology) being or affecting a disease produced by
a particular microorganism or condition; used also of
stains or dyes used in making microscope slides; "quinine
is highly specific for malaria"; "a specific remedy"; "a
specific stain is one having a specific affinity for
particular structural elements [ant: nonspecific
n 1: a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always
reasons from the particular to the general" [syn: particular
2: a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific
disease; "quinine is a specific for malaria"