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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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