nonspecific

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adjective non·spe·cif·ic \ ˌnän-spi-ˈsi-fik \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of nonspecific

:not specific: such as
a :lacking in detail or particulars
  • nonspecific answers
  • a nonspecific description
b :not caused by a specific or identified agent
  • nonspecific enteritis
c :not restricted to a particular category, situation, or group
  • nonspecific flu-like symptoms
d :not affecting a particular region or part
  • nonspecific pain
e :having a general purpose, effect, or action :lacking in specificity
  • nonspecific antiviral agents
  • nonspecific irritants

nonspecifically

play \ˌnän-spi-ˈsi-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
    • After a toxic protein is released into the bloodstream, it is taken up by macrophages, cells that nonspecifically scavenge and ingest various substances.
    • —Harald von Boehmer and Pawel Kisielow

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First Known Use of nonspecific

1860


Medical Dictionary

nonspecific

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adjective non·spe·cif·ic \ -spi-ˈsif-ik \

medical Definition of nonspecific

:not specific: as
a :not caused by a specific agent
  • nonspecific enteritis
b :having a general purpose or effect
  • nonspecific therapy

nonspecifically

play \-ˈsif-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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