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spec·i·men

 (spĕs′ə-mən)
n.
1. An individual, item, or part representative of a class or whole. See Synonyms at example.
2. An organism, part of an organism, or fossil that has been collected and usually preserved, especially for display or scientific research.
3. A sample, as of tissue, blood, or urine, used for analysis and diagnosis.
4. Informal An individual; a person: a disagreeable specimen.

[Latin, example, from specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

specimen

(ˈspɛsɪmɪn)
n
1.
a. an individual, object, or part regarded as typical of the group or class to which it belongs
b. (as modifier): a specimen signature; a specimen page.
2. (Medicine) med a sample of tissue, blood, urine, etc, taken for diagnostic examination or evaluation
3. (Biology) the whole or a part of an organism, plant, rock, etc, collected and preserved as an example of its class, species, etc
4. informal often derogatory a person
[C17: from Latin: mark, evidence, proof, from specere to look at]

spec•i•men

(ˈspɛs ə mən)

n.
1. a part or an individual taken as exemplifying a whole mass or number; a typical animal, mineral, etc.
2. a sample of a substance or material for examination or study.
3. a particular or peculiar kind of person.
[1600–10; < Latin: mark, example =speci-, s. of specere to look + -men n. suffix of result or means]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.specimen - an example regarded as typical of its classspecimen - an example regarded as typical of its class
example, instance, illustration, representative - an item of information that is typical of a class or group; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10"
2.specimen - a bit of tissue or blood or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes; "they collected a urine specimen for urinalysis"
cytologic specimen - a specimen used for cytologic examination and diagnosis
sample - all or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class

specimen

noun
1. sample, example, individual, model, type, pattern, instance, representative, exemplar, exemplification a perfect specimen of a dinosaur fossil
2. example, model, exhibit, embodiment, type a fine specimen of manhood

specimen

noun
One that is representative of a group or class:
Translations
نموذَج، عَيِّنَه
vzorekexemplářukázka
eksempelprøve
esimerkki
sÿnishorn
標本見本
eksemplārsparaugs

specimen

[ˈspesɪmɪn]
A. N
1. (= sample) [of blood, urine, tissue, rock] → muestra f
2. (= example) [of species, genus, etc] → ejemplar m, espécimen m
that trout is a fine specimenesa trucha es un magnífico ejemplar
3. (= person) he's an odd specimenes un bicho raro
you're a pretty poor specimenno vales para mucho
B. CPD specimen copy Nejemplar m de muestra
specimen page Npágina f que sirve de muestra
specimen signature Nmuestra f de firma

specimen

[ˈspɛsɪmɪn] n
[plant, animal] → spécimen m
(= example) → spécimen m
(MEDICINE) [blood, urine] → échantillon mspecimen copy nspécimen mspecimen signature nspécimen m de signature

specimen

nExemplar nt; (of urine, blood etc)Probe f; (= sample)Muster nt; a beautiful or fine specimenein Prachtexemplar nt; if that’s a specimen of your workwenn das eine Probe deines Könnens ist; you’re a pretty poor specimen (inf)du hast ja nicht viel zu bieten (inf)
adj attrProbe-; specimen pageProbeseite f; a specimen copyein Beleg- or Probeexemplar nt; a specimen signatureeine Unterschriftenprobe

specimen

[ˈspɛsɪmɪn] n (sample, gen) → campione m; (of rock, species) → esemplare m
he's an odd specimen (fig) → è un tipo strano

specimen

(ˈspesimin) noun
something used as a sample (of a group or kind of something, especially an object to be studied or to be put in a collection). We looked at specimens of different types of rock under the microscope.

spec·i·men

n. espécimen, muestra.

specimen

n espécimen m, muestra
References in classic literature ?
The scientific celebrities, forgetting their mollusks and glacial periods, gossiped about art, while devoting themselves to oysters and ices with characteristic energy; the young musician, who was charming the city like a second Orpheus, talked horses; and the specimen of the British nobility present happened to be the most ordinary man of the party.
Accordingly, having made everything snug in camp, the party, Tom and Ned equipped with electric rifles, and the professor with a butterfly net and specimen boxes, set forth.
By all the codes which I am acquainted with, I am a devilishly wicked specimen of the sex.
The ingenuous Alice gazed at his free air and proud carriage, as she would have looked upon some precious relic of the Grecian chisel, to which life had been imparted by the intervention of a miracle; while Heyward, though accustomed to see the perfection of form which abounds among the uncorrupted natives, openly expressed his admiration at such an unblemished specimen of the noblest proportions of man.
Finding the great king beyond the water disappointed in his expectations, and conscious of the importance of the Long Knife, and their own wretchedness, some of the nations immediately desired peace; to which, at present, they seem universally disposed, and are sending ambassadors to General Clark, at the Falls of the Ohio, with the minutes of their Councils, a specimen of which, in the minutes of the Piankashaw Council, is subjoined.
Familiar as it stands in the writer's recollection,--for it has been an object of curiosity with him from boyhood, both as a specimen of the best and stateliest architecture of a longpast epoch, and as the scene of events more full of human interest, perhaps, than those of a gray feudal castle,--familiar as it stands, in its rusty old age, it is therefore only the more difficult to imagine the bright novelty with which it first caught the sunshine.
Its front is ornamented with a portico of half-a-dozen wooden pillars, supporting a balcony, beneath which a flight of wide granite steps descends towards the street Over the entrance hovers an enormous specimen of the American eagle, with outspread wings, a shield before her breast, and, if I recollect aright, a bunch of intermingled thunder- bolts and barbed arrows in each claw.
There was a roomful of old books at Bly--last-century fiction, some of it, which, to the extent of a distinctly deprecated renown, but never to so much as that of a stray specimen, had reached the sequestered home and appealed to the unavowed curiosity of my youth.
Did erudite Stubb, mounted upon your capstan, deliver lectures on the anatomy of the Cetacea; and by help of the windlass, hold up a specimen rib for exhibition?
That's just a specimen of the way the child would be doing all the time, if she was left to herself.
The first genuine specimen which we came upon was the mansion of a rich farmer and member of the Common Council of the parish or district.
The experience of FREDERICK DOUGLASS, as a slave, was not a peculiar one; his lot was not especially a hard one; his case may be regarded as a very fair specimen of the treatment of slaves in Maryland, in which State it is conceded that they are better fed and less cruelly treated than in Georgia, Alabama, or Louisiana.