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    sample vs specimen

    Hello!
    Please, could you explain the difference in the meaning and usage of the nouns "sample" and "specimen" if there is any?
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    Re: sample vs specimen

    Not a teacher.

    As I understand it, a "specimen" is whole and a "sample" is a part. You draw a blood sample. It's not all of your blood, but a representative part of the whole.

    A "specimen" is like taking one or more whole individuals of a living creature. Usually bacteria or that sort of thing. A specimen is one of a kind of thing. A sample is part of a larger volume or collection of a thing.

    You don't take urine specimens and they don't take throat samples if they think you have strep throat.

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    Re: sample vs specimen

    Thanks a lot! Your explanaion completely clarifies the matter.

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