specificity meaning

Pronunciation:   "specificity" in a sentence
Noun: specificity  `spesu'fisutee
  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"

Derived forms: specificities

See also: specific

Type of: particularity, specialness

Encyclopedia: Specificity


[Medicine]
Measures for assessing the results of diagnostic and screening tests. Sensitivity represents the proportion of truly diseased persons in a screened population who are identified as being diseased by the test. It is a measure of the probability of correctly diagnosing a condition. Specificity is the proportion of truly nondiseased persons who are so identified by the screening test. It is a measure of the probability of correctly identifying a nondiseased person. (From Last,Dictionary of Epidemiology,2d ed) n pl -ties : the quality or condition of being specific: as
a : the condition of being peculiar to a particular individual or group of organisms ‹host specificity of a parasite›
b : the condition of participating in or catalyzing only one or a few chemical reactions ‹the specificity of an enzyme›

Examples

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  1. the reagent possesses specificity for water.
  2. again, the specificity rule cuts against the tariff.
  3. this specificity probably resided in the sequence of base pairs along the molecules.
  4. the template specificities found with dna polymerases from human leucocytes is summarized in table 1.
  5. the template specificities found with dna polymerases from human leucocytes is summarized in table 1.

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