nonspecific etymology

English word nonspecific comes from English specific, English non-

Detailed word origin of nonspecific

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specific English (eng) (immunology) limited to a particular antibody or antigen. (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). (physics) of a value divided by mass (e.g. specific orbital energy). (physics) similarly referring to a value divided by any measure [...]
non- English (eng) Used in the sense of not, to negate the meaning of the word to which it is prefixed.
nonspecific English (eng) (of a microscopic stain) that does not just stain one type of tissue. (of a person's immunity) not caused by previous infection or vaccination. (of an infection) not caused by a specific pathogen. Not specific.

Words with the same origin as nonspecific

Descendants of non-
nonaccentual nonaggression nonalcoholic noncommittal nondenominational nondescript nondisclosure nonentity nonessential nonexistent nonfat nonfiction nonhuman noninvasive nonlethal nonnegotiable nonpayment nonprofit nonrefundable nonrhoticity nonstarter nonthreatening nontoxic nontraditional