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 [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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
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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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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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A series of multivariate logistic regression analyses were used to assess the strength of associations between any alcohol use disorder and a number of specific drug use disorders controlling for age, race/ethnicity, sex, education, marital status, income, region of the country, urbanicity, and current comorbid personality, mood, and anxiety disorders.
But I have found that most are meaningless and, if they are promoting a specific drug, biased.
This will favour specific drug design and hence better results.
COVENTRY patients are taking part in a long-term study on the effectiveness of specific drug treatments for arthritis.
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This publication contains the following estimates of drug-related ED episodes and specific drug mentions: preliminary estimates for January-June 2001, with revised half-year estimates from July 1996 through December 2000 for comparison; and final, revised estimates for the full years 1994 through 2000.
OJP also administers the Denial of Federal Benefits Program, which processes notifications from courts that specify that specific drug offenders were denied Federal benefits, including grants, contracts, loans, professional licenses, or commercial licenses.
Lantern Pharma is a Precision Oncology Medicine company focused on using its proprietary 5-M platform to identify specific drug sensitivity signatures for patient tumour types.
Aldurazyme is a specific form of purified recombinant human alpha-L-iduronidase that is being investigated as an enzyme replacement therapy for MPS I, a life-threatening genetic disease for which no specific drug treatments currently exist.
There are now calls for new laws because there are no specific drug levels where it is not safe to drive, making it virtually impossible to prosecute an offender.
The text is organized in four parts, covering drug therapy and drug risks in pregnancy, specific drug therapies during pregnancy, drug therapy and drug risk during lactation, and specific drug therapies during lactation.

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