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

Definition of interspecific

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

Examples of interspecific in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These cultivars have been proven to be interspecific hybrids through testing and laboratory analysis. Homes & Gardens Of The Northwest Staff,, 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, 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, 16 July 2007

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First Known Use of interspecific

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Interspecific.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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

Medical Definition of interspecific

: existing or arising between species an interspecific hybrid

Other Words from interspecific

interspecifically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce interspecific (audio) \ adverb


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