specimen

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spec·i·men

noun \ˈspes-mən, ˈspe-sə-\

: something (such as an animal or plant) collected as an example of a particular kind of thing

: a small amount or piece of something that can be tested or examined

: a notable example of something

Full Definition of SPECIMEN

1
a :  an individual, item, or part considered typical of a group, class, or whole
b :  a portion or quantity of material for use in testing, examination, or study <a urine specimen>
2
a :  something that obviously belongs to a particular category but is noticed by reason of an individual distinguishing characteristic
b :  person, individual <he's a tough specimen>
3
:  a plant grown for exhibition or in the open to display its full development <specimen trees>

Examples of SPECIMEN

  1. The church is a magnificent specimen of baroque architecture.
  2. Her dance partner is a superb physical specimen.

Origin of SPECIMEN

Latin, from specere to look at, look — more at spy
First Known Use: 1610

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

spec·i·men

noun \ˈspes-(ə-)mən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SPECIMEN

1
: an individual, item, or part typical of a group, class, or whole
2
: a portion or quantity of material for use in testing, examination, or study <a urine specimen>

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