- The definition of a specimen is a person or thing that is an example of an entire group or class.
An example of a specimen is the Holstein cow in a child's book as a representative of all cows.
- a part of a whole, or one individual of a class or group, used as a sample or example of the whole, class, or group; typical part, individual, etc.
- Informal a (specified kind of) individual or person: an unsavory specimen
- Med. a sample, as of urine, sputum, or blood, for analysis
Origin of specimenClassical Latin a mark, token, example ; from specere, to see: see spy
- An individual, item, or part representative of a class or whole. See Synonyms at example.
- An organism, part of an organism, or fossil that has been collected and usually preserved, especially for display or scientific research.
- A sample, as of tissue, blood, or urine, used for analysis and diagnosis.
- Informal An individual; a person: a disagreeable specimen.
Origin of specimenLatin, example, from specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(plural specimens or specimina)
From Latin specimen (“mark, sign, example”), from speciō (“observe, watch”).