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specific

 [spĕ-sif´ik]
1. pertaining to a species.
2. produced by a single kind of microorganism.
3. restricted to a particular structure or function, such as in application or effect.
4. a remedy specially indicated for a particular disease.
5. in immunology, pertaining to the special affinity of antigen for the corresponding antibody.
specific gravity the weight of a substance compared with the weight of an equal amount of some other substance taken as a standard. For liquids the usual standard is water. The specific gravity of water is 1; if a sample of urine shows a specific gravity of 1.025, this means that the urine is 1.025 times heavier than water. (The normal specific gravity of urine is 1.003–1.030.) Specific gravity is measured by means of a hydrometer.

spe·cif·ic

(spĕ-sif'ik),
1. Relating to a species.
See also: specific epithet.
2. Relating to an individual infectious disease, one caused by a special microorganism.
3. A remedy having a definite therapeutic action in relation to a particular disease or symptom, as quinine in relation to malaria.
[L. specificus fr. species + facio, to make]

specific

/spe·cif·ic/ (spĕ-sif´ik)
1. pertaining to a species.
2. produced by a single kind of microorganism.
3. restricted in application, effect, etc., to a particular structure, function, etc.
4. a remedy specially indicated for a particular disease.
5. in immunology, pertaining to the special affinity of antigen for the corresponding antibody.

specific

(spĭ-sĭf′ĭk)
adj.
1.
a. Designating a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition.
b. Having a remedial influence or effect on a particular disease.
2. Immunology Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
n.
a. Something particularly fitted to a use or purpose.
b. A remedy intended for a particular ailment or disorder.

spe·cif′i·cal·ly adv.
spec′i·fic′i·ty (spĕs′ə-fĭs′ĭ-tē) n.

spe·cif·ic

(spĕ-sif'ik)
1. Relating to a species.
2. Relating to an individual infectious disease, one caused by a special microorganism.
3. A remedy having a definite therapeutic action in relation to a particular disease or symptom, as quinine in relation to malaria.
[L. specificus fr. species + facio, to make]

specific,

n a homeopathic medicine that is the precise remedy for a given symptom or illness. For example, soft-tissue trauma calls for
Arnica montana, which is considered to be a specific for that symptom. See also homeopathic pathological prescribing.

spe·cif·ic

(spĕ-sif'ik)
1. Relating to a species.
2. Relating to an individual infectious disease, one caused by a special microorganism.
3. Remedy with definite therapeutic action in relation to a particular disease or symptom, such as quinine in relation to malaria.
[L. specificus fr. species + facio, to make]

specific

1. pertaining to a species.
2. produced by a single kind of microorganism.
3. restricted in application, effect, etc., to a particular structure, function, etc.
4. a remedy specially indicated for a particular disease.
5. in immunology, pertaining to the special affinity of antibody for the corresponding antigen.

specific acquired immunity
see acquired immunity.
specific activity enzymes
enzyme activity as Vmax, measured as μmoles of substrate utilized or product produced per minute, expressed on a specific unit of comparison such as per mg protein or g of tissue weight or ml or L of solution such as plasma.
specific drug
one that acts at only one type of receptor but may produce several pharmacological effects depending on which organs carry the operant receptor.
specific dynamic action
heat produced by the metabolism of food and unavoidably lost to the animal. In cold environments it will be contributed to the maintenance of body temperature but in a hot environment it must be dispersed by the normal heat-dissipating mechanisms. Called also heat increment.
specific gravity (sp. gr.)
the weight of a substance compared with the weight of an equal amount of some other substance taken as a standard. For liquids the usual standard is water. The specific gravity of water is 1; if a sample of urine shows a specific gravity of 1.025, this means that the urine is 1.025 times heavier than water. Specific gravity is measured by means of a hydrometer.
specific seasonals
clusters of cases occurring at specific seasons.

Patient discussion about specific

Q. What Causes Specific Abdominal Pain? Everytime I go see a doctor when I have abdominal pains he tells me I probably have gastroenteritis. How does he know that it's not something else for instance, appendicitis, just by examining my abdomen?

A. whats the symptoms of ovarian cyst?

Q. Is Vitiligo caused due to any specific diet? Some people say that vitiligo is caused when we eat fish/chicken and curd together is it true??

A. No it is not write. Although the real causes of vitilgo are not fully understood by anyone. But Many dermatologist say that auto-immunity and second one is inheritance may involve in vitiligo (http://www.antivitiligo.com/).
Also some diet containing specific nutrients may be useful for handling vitiligo.

Q. HIV - does it infect specific Blood Types? A friend of mine joined the army and they took him to an experiment and infected him with HIV. But he was not infected- he said because he has a certain blood type. Is this true?

A. HIV, as all other viruses need specific cells,s surface proteins which called receptors,in case of HIV these receptors are found in certain WBCs that known as T-helper cells which named as T4 cells. All humans have these T4 cells but some people lack the receptor that necessary for virus attachment and pentration of the cell which leeds to the inablity of the virus to cause infection and become a target for the immune system. But they c can infect other suseptable people.

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