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specificity

Noun

1 the quality of being specific rather than general; "add a desirable note of specificity to the discussion"; "the specificity of the symptoms of the disease"
2 the quality of being specific to a particular organism; "host specificity of a parasite"

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English

Etymology

From specific + -ity.

Pronunciation

  • /spɛsɪˈfɪsɪti/

Noun

  1. The state of being specific rather than general.
  2. The probability, in a binary test, of a true negative being correctly identified.
  3. The extent to which a particular diagnostic test is specific for a given condition.

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Translations

the state of being specific rather than general
  • French: spécificité
  • Romanian: specificitate
a probability in a binary test of a true negative being correctly identified
  • French: spécificité

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