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Definition of "specimen" []

  • An individual, item, or part representative of a class, genus, or whole. See Synonyms at example. (noun)
  • A sample, as of tissue, blood, or urine, used for analysis and diagnosis. (noun)
  • Informal An individual; a person: a disagreeable specimen. (noun)
  • An individual, object, or part regarded as typical of the group or class to which it belongs (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A sample of tissue, blood, urine, etc, taken for diagnostic examination or evaluation (noun)
  • The whole or a part of an organism, plant, rock, etc, collected and preserved as an example of its class, species, etc (noun)
  • A person (noun)

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Use "specimen" in a sentence
  • "All in all, this specimen is a strong contender for the second finest of the eight [now nine] known examples, despite the minor corrosion."
  • "Given that some are invasive, only a specialist would be able to determine whether a specimen is a known endemic, an introduced species, or an undescribed species."
  • "Discovered in mid-May 2007, the specimen is awaiting formal description once additional data is collected."