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"
EtymologyLatin, from specere "to look"
- Finnish: esimerkki
- Japanese: 見本
jocular: an eligible man
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 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.
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