Meaning of specimen

spec•i•men

Pronunciation: (spes'u-mun), [key]
— n.
  1. a part or an individual taken as exemplifying a whole mass or number; a typical animal, plant, mineral, part, etc.
  2. (in medicine, microbiology, etc.) a sample of a substance or material for examination or study: a urine specimen; a tissue specimen.
  3. a particular or peculiar kind of person.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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