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nonspecific

 [non-spĕ-sif´ik]
1. not due to any single known cause.
2. not directed against a particular agent, but rather having a general effect.

nonspecific

/non·spe·cif·ic/ (non″spĭ-sif´ik)
1. not due to any single known cause.
2. not directed against a particular agent, but rather having a general effect.

nonspecific

(nŏn′spĭ-sĭf′ĭk)
adj.
1. Of or relating to an infection not known to be caused by a specific pathogen: nonspecific urethritis.
2. Of or relating to immunity that occurs naturally as a result of a person's genetic makeup or physiology and does not arise from a previous infection or vaccination.

nonspecific

1. not due to any single known cause.
2. not directed against a particular agent, but rather having a general effect.

nonspecific colitis
diarrheic disease of growing pigs resembling a mild form of swine dysentery; associated with infection by Serpulinainnocens. Called also grower pig scours.
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DTP vaccinations had been administered after the measles vaccine, canceling out the beneficial nonspecific effects that should have been seen.
The chest X-ray usually reveals nonspecific changes, including reduced lung volumes and bilateral, predominantly lower-zone, reticular opacities.
The nonspecific behavior categories and definitions were made available to the nurses in poster format.
bind along the phosphodiester DNA backbone) and interfere with Ape1 function indirectly, we examined the effects of Cd(II), Fe(II), and Pb(II) in the presence or absence of undamaged, nonspecific (chelating) DNA.
Patients with no episodes of nonspecific intolerance symptoms had an average blood pressure of 160/89 mm Hg, compared with 172/99 mm Hg in patients with four or more episodes of intolerance with nonspecific symptoms.
Both the experimental Mab H117-coated microtitration wells and commercial Mab H117 anti-PSA- and streptavidin-coated wells were tested for fractional nonspecific binding of different nanoparticle bioconjugates or unmodified blank nanoparticles.
Additional testing such as nucleic acid amplification techniques for specified viruses and reverse transcriptase assays for retroviruses should complement nonspecific tests.
Electroencephalography was nonspecific, with background slowing and occasional triphasic waves (figure 3), indicating a global encephalopathy with lack of periodicity.
Although RNAi experiments rely on high target specificity, nonspecific effects can and do occur.
Women more than doubled their risk of developing Crohn's disease if they had nonspecific abdominal pain, perforated appendicitis, or mesenteric lymphadenitis.
It has always been assumed that arbuscular mycorrhizae fungi are rather nonspecific in the plants they colonize," says Larry Peterson of the University of Guelph in Canada.