A specimen is a portion/quantity of material for use in testing, examination, or study.


A laboratory specimen is an individual animal, part of an animal, a plant, part of a plant, or a microorganism, used as a representative to study the properties of the whole population of that species or subspecies. When a taxon is described, it is typically based on a single specimen, then referred to as the holotype.

Medical laboratory
  • A sample taken from a patient, most frequently blood, urine, or semen.
  • A piece of a type of rock or mineral taken from the earth. This can be anything from a jasper to a diamond.
  • A type specimen is a publication that shows the available glyphs in a typeface, including variations used for ligatures and special ornaments.
  • In handwriting recognition, forensic handwriting analysis and signature verification, the term sample refers to a specimen of handwriting.
  • Central Banks send so-called specimen banknote (or specimens) to other banks before issuing a new banknote. To avoid its use as a legal tender note the banknote is perforated or punched, given a serial number of 0.9999999999 (all nines) or 0000000000 (all zeroes) or is overprinted with the word Specimen or Cancelled in any language.

Other articles related to "specimen, specimens":

Araripesuchus - Discovery and History
... A more complete specimen, AMNH 24450 is held by the American Museum of Natural History ... The type specimen for the species, GDF-700 consisting of a few, fragmentary jaw elements, reside at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris ... Araripesuchus patagonicus was described from a patagonian specimen (MUC-PV 269) in 2000 ...
... The specimen was recovered from the lower part of the Huincul Formation in Patagonia, dating to the late Cenomanian stage, about 95 million years ago ... The type specimen was described and named by Canale, Scanferla, Agnolin, and Novas in 2009 (though the paper was released as an advanced publication online in 2008) ... Manuel Bustingorry, who owned the farm where the specimen was found ...
Leptomeryx - Morphology - Body Mass
... Four specimens were examined by Legendre and Roth for body mass ... Specimen 1 weighed an estimated 7.62 kg (17 lb) Specimen 2 14.7 kg (32 lb) Specimen 3 6.24 kg (14 lb) Specimen 4 5.72 kg (13 lb) ...
Specimen Stamp
... A specimen stamp is a postage stamp or postal stationery indicium sent to postmasters and postal administrations so that they are able to identify valid stamps and to ... the stamps is either overprinting in ink or perforating the word Specimen across the stamp and where English is not the common language, the words Muestra (Spanish), Monster (Dutch ...

Famous quotes containing the word specimen:

    Every young sculptor seems to think that he must give the world some specimen of indecorous womanhood, and call it Eve, Venus, a Nymph, or any name that may apologize for a lack of decent clothing.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864)

    The rare,
    Uninteresting specimen might still be putting out shoots, for all we know.
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)