specificity

noun spec·i·fic·i·ty \ ˌspe-sə-ˈfi-sə-tē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of specificity

: the quality or condition of being specific: such as
a : 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

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First Known Use of specificity

1875


SPECIFICITY Defined for English Language Learners

specificity

noun

Definition of specificity for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of being specific


Medical Dictionary

specificity

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

medical Definition of specificity

plural specificities
: the quality or condition of being specific: as
a : 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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