in·​ter·​spe·​cif·​ic | \ˌin-tər-spi-ˈsi-fik \
variants: or less commonly interspecies \ˌin-​tər-​ˈspē-​(ˌ)shēz, -​(ˌ)sēz \

Definition of interspecific 

: existing, occurring, or arising between species an interspecific hybrid

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These cultivars have been proven to be interspecific hybrids through testing and laboratory analysis. Homes & Gardens Of The Northwest Staff,, "Butterfly bushes, potato plants, midsummer veggies: Ask an Expert," 29 July 2017 The study, published Tuesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, adds a demented twist to scientists’ understanding of interspecific competition— John Hoogland, National Geographic, "Prairie Dogs Are Serial Killers That Murder Their Competition," 23 Mar. 2016 For Chernobyl birds, color is a curse [Los Angeles Times] Determinants of interspecific variation in population declines of birds after exposure to radiation at Chernobyl [Journal of Applied Ecology] Brandon Keim, WIRED, "The Colorful Tale of Chernobyl’s Irradiated Birds," 16 July 2007

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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in·​ter·​spe·​cif·​ic | \ˌint-ər-spi-ˈsif-ik \
variants: also interspecies \-​ˈspē-​(ˌ)shēz, -​(ˌ)sēz \

Medical Definition of interspecific 

: existing or arising between species an interspecific hybrid

Other Words from interspecific

interspecifically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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