[n] a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease; "quinine is a specific for malaria"
[n] a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always reasons from the particular to the general"
[adj] stated explicitly or in detail; "needed a specific amount"
[adj] (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"
[adj] (medicine 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"
[adj] relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species; "specific characters"
ad hoc, circumstantial, limited, particular, particular(a), particularised, particularized, peculiar(a), proper(ip), special, special(a), specified, unique(p)