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 for Specific heat
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  specific \spe*cif"ic\ (sp[-e]*s[i^]f"[i^]k), a. [F.
     sp['e]cifique, or NL. spesificus; L. species a particular
     sort or kind + facere to make. Cf. specify.]
     1. Of or pertaining to a species; characterizing or
        constituting a species; possessing the peculiar property
        or properties of a thing which constitute its species, and
        distinguish it from other things; as, the specific form of
        an animal or a plant; the specific qualities of a drug;
        the specific distinction between virtue and vice.
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              Specific difference is that primary attribute which
              distinguishes each species from one another. --I.
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     2. Specifying; definite, or making definite; limited;
        precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement.
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     3. (Med.) Exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the
        body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar
        adaptation, and not on general principles; as, quinine is
        a specific medicine in cases of malaria.
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              In fact, all medicines will be found specific in the
              perfection of the science.            --Coleridge.
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     Specific character (Nat. Hist.), a characteristic or
        characteristics distinguishing one species from every
        other species of the same genus.
     Specific disease (Med.)
        (a) A disease which produces a determinate definite effect
            upon the blood and tissues or upon some special
        (b) A disease which is itself uniformly produced by a
            definite and peculiar poison or organism.
     Specific duty. (Com.) See under Duty.
     Specific gravity. (Physics) See under Gravity.
     Specific heat (Physics), the quantity of heat required to
        raise the temperature of a body one degree, taking as the
        unit of measure the quantity required to raise the same
        weight of water from zero to one degree; thus, the
        specific heat of mercury is 0.033, that of water being
     Specific inductive capacity (Physics), the effect of a
        dielectric body in producing static electric induction as
        compared with that of some other body or bodies referred
        to as a standard.
     Specific legacy (Law), a bequest of a particular thing, as
        of a particular animal or piece of furniture, specified
        and distinguished from all others. --Wharton. --Burrill.
     Specific name (Nat. Hist.), the name which, appended to the
        name of the genus, constitutes the distinctive name of the
        species; -- originally applied by Linnaeus to the
        essential character of the species, or the essential
        difference. The present specific name he at first called
        the trivial name.
     Specific performance (Law), the peformance of a contract or
        agreement as decreed by a court of equity.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  specific heat
      n 1: the heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of a
           substance one degree centigrade

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