specificity

noun
spec·​i·​fic·​i·​ty | \ ˌspe-sə-ˈfi-sə-tē How to pronounce specificity (audio) \

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

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Examples of specificity in a Sentence

I was impressed by the specificity of her instructions. the specificity of your description of your medical condition was a bit more than I needed
Recent Examples on the Web The production was committed to maintaining authenticity, Phathanavirangoon said, pointing to the specificity in casting as one example. Frances Nguyen, NBC News, 18 Aug. 2022 The lack of specificity in the State Constitution is something that some states are rushing to address. New York Times, 27 June 2022 The bill figures to undergo changes in the coming weeks and months, hopefully leading to greater specificity. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 19 Jan. 2022 Beyond the lack of specificity in that term, CBO had been expecting audit rates to decline in coming years because IRS funding had been growing slower than taxpayers’ incomes. Richard Rubin, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2022 Anyone trying to independently recreate this problem will face several obstacles, including the age of the laptops involved and a total lack of specificity about the hard drives or computer models. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 18 Aug. 2022 Shipman’s group has an additional degree of specificity—the gene-specific barcodes—coupled with the ability to view gene expression in order. Wired, 13 Aug. 2022 Hamid seems to have sacrificed this sort of specificity in favor of a polished brand of globalish allegory. Namwali Serpell, The Atlantic, 2 Aug. 2022 That expectation becomes really contagious, and then everyone around you starts working with that level of specificity. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of specificity

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of specificity was in 1875

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23 Sep 2022

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“Specificity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specificity. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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specificity

noun
spec·​i·​fic·​i·​ty | \ ˌspes-ə-ˈfis-ət-ē How to pronounce specificity (audio) \
plural specificities

Medical Definition of specificity

: 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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