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Dictionary Definition



1 an example regarded as typical of its class
2 a bit of tissue or blood or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes; "they collected a urine specimen for urinalysis"

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin, from specere "to look"


  • /ˈspesɪmɪn/


  1. An individual instance that represents a class; an example.
  2. A sample, especially one used for diagnostic analysis.
  3. , an eligible man (often preceded by "fine"), See: Image:PostcardLeapYearBeCarefulClara1908.jpg and Image:TrinityCollegeConnecticut1905Postcard.jpg

Related terms


  • Finnish: esimerkki
  • Japanese: 見本
jocular: an eligible man

Extensive Definition

A specimen is an individual animal, plant or microorganism used as a representative to study the properties of the whole population of that species
Specimen may also refer to:

In medical laboratory

In typography

  • A type specimen is a publication that shows the available glyphs in a typeface, including variations used for ligatures and special ornaments.
  • In handwriting recognition, forensic handwriting analysis and signature verification, the term sample refers to a specimen of handwriting.
  • Central Banks send so-called Specimen banknote (or specimens) to other banks before issuing a new banknote. To avoid its use as a legal tender note the banknote is perforated or punched, given a serial number of 000000 (all zeroes), or is overprinted with the word "Specimen" or "Cancelled" in any language.

External links

specimen in German: Specimen
specimen in Spanish: Espécimen
specimen in Dutch: Specimen
specimen in Italian: campione (scienze applicate)
specimen in Japanese: 標本 (分類学)
specimen in Norwegian: Spesimen
specimen in Portuguese: Espécime
specimen in Vietnamese: Tiêu bản (sinh vật)
specimen in Chinese: 標本

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

case, case history, case in point, cross section, embodiment, example, exemplar, exponent, illustration, instance, little bite, little smack, model, pattern, piece, representation, representative, sample, sampling, sort, species, swatch, taste, taster, type, typification, variety
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