specimen


specimen
[[t]spe̱sɪmɪn[/t]]
specimens
1) N-COUNT: usu with supp A specimen is a single plant or animal which is an example of a particular species or type and is examined by scientists.

200,000 specimens of fungus are kept at the Komarov Botanical Institute.

...North American fossil specimens...

Collectors will pay $50,000 to $1 million for a rare specimen.

2) N-COUNT: usu with supp A specimen of something is an example of it which gives an idea of what the whole of it is like.

Job applicants have to submit a specimen of handwriting.

...a specimen bank note.

3) N-COUNT A specimen is a small quantity of someone's urine, blood, or other body fluid which is examined in a medical laboratory, in order to find out if they are ill or if they have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

He refused to provide a specimen...

If your urine specimen shows the presence of bacteria, you'll be prescribed antibiotics.

Syn:
4) N-COUNT: with supp You can use specimen to refer to someone who has a quality of a particular kind. [WRITTEN]

What a poor specimen that child is!...

He is a fine specimen of his class.


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  • spécimen — [ spesimɛn ] n. m. • 1662; lat. specimen, de species 1 ♦ Individu qui donne une idée de l espèce à laquelle il appartient; unité ou partie d un ensemble qui donne une idée du tout. ⇒ échantillon, 2. exemplaire, exemple, modèle, représentant. « un …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • specimen — SPECIMÉN, specimene, s.n. Exemplar, model, exemplu care ilustrează un gen, o specie etc. – fr. spécimen. Trimis de pan111, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DLRM  SPECIMÉN, specimene, s.n. (Adesea fig.) Exemplar, model, exemplu care ilustrează un gen, o specie …   Dicționar Român

  • specimen — spe‧ci‧men [ˈspesmn] adjective [only before a noun] provided as a typical example of something: • a specimen letter • When you open an account with us you will be asked to provide a specimen signature. specimen noun [countable] …   Financial and business terms

  • Specimen — Spec i*men, n. [L., fr. specere to look, to behold. See {Spy}.] A part, or small portion, of anything, or one of a number of things, intended to exhibit the kind and quality of the whole, or of what is not exhibited; a sample; as, a specimen of a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Specimen — (lat specimen „Kennzeichen“, engl. für „Muster, Probe“) bezeichnet Specimen (Band), eine britische Gothic /Glam Rock Band Specimen (Bankwesen), im Bankwesen Musterbanknoten Specimen (Typografie), in der Typografie eine Publikation zur… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Specimen — fue una banda inglesa de los 80. Han sido catalogados dentro de varios géneros, incluyendo: Glam, Goth, Punk y Deathrock. La banda se creó en Bristol , Inglaterra en 1980 (algunas fuentes dicen que en 1981, pero 1980 fue el año que dio un miembro …   Wikipedia Español

  • specimen — spècīmen (specȋmen) m DEFINICIJA rij. reprezentativan dio ili element za cjelinu, odnosno za niz istih ili sličnih proizvoda; ogled, uzorak ETIMOLOGIJA lat. specimen: oznaka, primjer, uputa …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • specimen — (n.) 1610s, pattern, model, from L. specimen indication, mark, example, sign, evidence, from specere to look at (see SCOPE (Cf. scope) (1)). Meaning single thing regarded as typical of its kind first recorded 1650s …   Etymology dictionary

  • specimen — ► NOUN 1) an individual animal, plant, object, etc. used as an example of its species or type for scientific study or display. 2) a sample for medical testing, especially of urine. 3) an example of something regarded as typical of its class or… …   English terms dictionary

  • specimen — [spes′ə mən] n. [L, a mark, token, example < specere, to see: see SPY] 1. 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. 2. Informal a… …   English World dictionary

  • Specimen — Specimen. См. Образец. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов


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