Generic vs. Specific

Generic vs. Specific — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Generic and Specific

Genericadjective

Relating to or descriptive of an entire group or class

Cancer is a generic term for a group of diseases in which cells proliferate wildly.

Specificadjective

Explicitly set forth; definite

wrote specific instructions.

Genericadjective

Lacking specificity; general

made some generic remarks about how to save for retirement.

Specificadjective

Clear or detailed in communicating

Be specific when telling us what you need.

Genericadjective

(Biology) Of or relating to a genus.

Specificadjective

Limited, distinctive, or unique

problems specific to small colleges.
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Genericadjective

Relating to or being a product that is sold or distributed without any brand name or without a widely known brand name, especially as a discount alternative to a name-brand product

generic soap.

Specificadjective

Intended for, applying to, or acting on a particular thing

a specific remedy for warts.

Genericadjective

Relating to or being the official nonproprietary name of a drug, under which it is licensed and identified by the manufacturer.

Specificadjective

Concerned particularly with the subject specified. Often used in combination

"age-specific voting patterns" (A. Dianne Schmidley).

Genericadjective

(Grammar) Specifying neither masculine nor feminine gender

generic nouns like waitperson and executive.

Specificadjective

Relating to, characterizing, or distinguishing a species

a specific name.
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Genericnoun

A product or substance sold under or identified by a generic name.

Specificadjective

Designating a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition.

Genericnoun

A wine that is a blend of several grape varieties and does not carry the name of any specific grape.

Specificadjective

Having a remedial influence or effect on a particular disease.

Genericadjective

Very comprehensive; pertaining or appropriate to large classes or groups as opposed to specific.

Specificadjective

(Immunology) Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.

Genericadjective

Lacking in precision, often in an evasive fashion; vague; imprecise.

Specificadjective

Designating a customs charge levied on merchandise by unit or weight rather than according to value.

Genericadjective

(of a product or drug) Not having a brand name.

Specificadjective

Designating a commodity rate applicable to the transportation of a single commodity between named points.

Genericadjective

Of or relating to a taxonomic genus.

Specificnoun

Something particularly fitted to a use or purpose.

Genericadjective

Relating to gender.

Specificnoun

A remedy intended for a particular ailment or disorder.

Genericadjective

(grammar) Specifying neither masculine nor feminine; epicene.

Words like salesperson and firefighter are generic.

Specificnoun

A distinguishing quality or attribute.

Genericadjective

(computing) (Of program code) Written so as to operate on any data type, the type required being passed as a parameter.

Specificnoun

specifics Distinct items or details; particulars.

Genericadjective

Having coordinates that are algebraically independent over the base field.

Specificadjective

explicit or definite

Genericnoun

A product sold under a generic name.

Specificadjective

(sciences) Pertaining to a species.

Genericnoun

A wine that is a blend of several wines, or made from a blend of several grape varieties.

Specificadjective

(taxonomy) pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species

Genericnoun

(grammar) A term that specifies neither male nor female.

Specificadjective

special, distinctive or unique

Genericadjective

relating to or common to or descriptive of all members of a genus;

the generic name

Specificadjective

intended for, or applying to, a particular thing

Genericadjective

(of drugs) not protected by trademark;

`Acetaminophen' is the generic form of the proprietary drug `Tylenol'

Specificadjective

being a remedy for a particular disease

Quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria.

Genericadjective

applicable to an entire class or group;

is there a generic Asian mind?

Specificadjective

(immunology) limited to a particular antibody or antigen

Specificadjective

(physics) of a value divided by mass (e.g. specific orbital energy)

Specificadjective

(physics) similarly referring to a value divided by any measure which acts to standardize it (e.g. thrust specific fuel consumption, referring to fuel consumption divided by thrust)

Specificadjective

(physics) a measure compared with a standard reference value by division, to produce a ratio without unit or dimension (e.g. specific refractive index is a pure number, and is relative to that of air)

Specificnoun

A distinguishing attribute or quality.

Specificnoun

A remedy for a specific disease or condition.

Specificnoun

Specification

Specificnoun

(in the plural) The details; particulars.

Specificnoun

a fact about some part (as opposed to general);

he always reasons from the particular to the general

Specificnoun

a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease;

quinine is a specific for malaria

Specificadjective

(sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique;

rules with specific applicationdemands specific to the joba specific and detailed account of the accidentnonspecific enteritis

Specificadjective

stated explicitly or in detail;

needed a specific amount

Specificadjective

relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species;

specific characters

Specificadjective

being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides;

quinine is highly specific for malariaa specific remedya specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements