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noun spec·i·fic·i·ty \ˌspe-sə-ˈfi-sə-tē\

Simple Definition of specificity

  • : the quality of being specific

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of specificity

  1. :  the quality or condition of being specific: asa :  the condition of being peculiar to a particular individual or group of organisms <host specificity of a parasite>b :  the condition of participating in or catalyzing only one or a few chemical reactions <the specificity of an enzyme>

Examples of specificity in a sentence

  1. I was impressed by the specificity of her instructions.

  2. <the specificity of your description of your medical condition was a bit more than I needed>



1875

First Known Use of specificity

1875


Medical Dictionary

specificity

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noun spec·i·fic·i·ty \ˌspes-ə-ˈfis-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of specificity

plural specificities

  1. :  the quality or condition of being specific: asa:  the condition of being peculiar to a particular individual or group of organisms <host specificity of a parasite>b:  the condition of participating in or catalyzing only one or a few chemical reactions <the specificity of an enzyme>





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