Specimen meaning

spĕsə-mən
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A sample, as of tissue, blood, or urine, used for analysis and diagnosis.
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An organism, part of an organism, or fossil that has been collected and usually preserved, especially for display or scientific research.
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An individual, item, or part representative of a class or whole.
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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.

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(informal) An individual; a person.

A disagreeable specimen.

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A sample, especially one used for diagnostic analysis.
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An organism, part of an organism, or fossil that has been collected and usually preserved, especially for display or scientific research.
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Early specimens of the art of Picasso.

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(humorous, often preceded with “fine") An eligible man.

Examples: Postcard: Leap Year, 1908, Postcard: Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

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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.
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(informal) A (specified kind of) individual or person.

An unsavory specimen.

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An individual, item, or part representative of a class or whole.
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A sample, as of tissue, blood, or urine, used for analysis and diagnosis.
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(med.) A sample, as of urine, sputum, or blood, for analysis.
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Origin of specimen

  • Latin example from specere to look at spek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin specimen (“mark, sign, example"), from speciō (“observe, watch").

    From Wiktionary