A part, or small portion, of anything, or one of a number of things, intended to exhibit the kind and quality of the whole, or of what is not exhibited; a sample; as, a specimen of a man's handwriting; a specimen of painting; aspecimen of one's art.
- An individual, item, or part representative of a class, genus, or whole. See Synonyms at example.
- A sample, as of tissue, blood, or urine, used for analysis and diagnosis.
- Informal An individual; a person: a disagreeable specimen.