specialist

noun
spe·​cial·​ist | \ ˈspe-sh(ə-)list \

Definition of specialist

1 : one who specializes in a particular occupation, practice, or field of study a specialist in disorders of the immune system a specialist in international law "What does Dr. James Mortimer, the man of science, ask of Sherlock Holmes, the specialist in crime?"— Arthur Conan Doyle
2 : an enlisted rank in the U.S. Army corresponding to the grade of corporal also : any of several former enlisted ranks corresponding to the grades of sergeant through sergeant major
3 : an organism (such as a bird) specialized especially in food or habitat

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Other Words from specialist

specialist or specialistic \ ˌspe-​shə-​ˈli-​stik \ adjective

Examples of specialist in a Sentence

She consulted a marketing specialist when she decided to go into business. He saw a specialist for his foot problem.

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Plenty, according to Johann Bruhn, a forest health specialist at the University of Missouri in Columbia, who has been collecting samples from a specimen spanning nearly 200 acres in a forest of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "This Ancient Giant Fungus Could Help Scientists Understand Cancer," 4 Jan. 2019 The idea of looking into cancer came from study co-senior author Fahed Hakim, who directs the EMMS Nazareth Hospital and works as a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep specialist at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?," 13 July 2018 Edwin Kite, a planetary specialist at the University of Chicago, was the third team member. Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com, "Geometry Helps Solve the Mystery of Mars' Water," 13 July 2018 James Wilsdon, a science policy specialist at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, says considering people outside of biomedical research is a good idea. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Biomedical charity places major bet on ‘bold’ research to win bigger payoffs," 10 July 2018 Facilitator will be Adrianne DeVivo, dementia specialist at Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 12 June 2018 Kayla said the lengthy 17-month wait for the thymus transplant is due in part because there is only one care provider who performs the procedure in the United States, an immunologist and transplant specialist at Duke University in North Carolina. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Family stays by side of 4-year-old awaiting transplants," 12 June 2018 The disease is also highly contagious, according to Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Measles vaccine recommended for those attending World Cup," 6 June 2018 Runners-up: The unlimited caviar in Lufthansa First Class, per Tom Baker, travel specialist for Cruise Center. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Traveler 25: A Very Opinionated, Totally Subjective List of Things We Loved About Travel This Year," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of specialist

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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specialist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of specialist

: a person who has special knowledge and skill relating to a particular job, area of study, etc.

: a doctor who deals with health problems that relate to a specific area of medicine

: a rank in the U.S. Army that is above the rank of private and below the rank of corporal

specialist

noun
spe·​cial·​ist | \ ˈspe-shə-list \

Kids Definition of specialist

1 : a person who studies or works at a special occupation or branch of learning a specialist in animal behavior an eye specialist
2 : an enlisted person in the army with a rank similar to that of corporal

specialist

noun
spe·​cial·​ist | \ ˈspesh-(ə-)ləst \

Medical Definition of specialist

: a medical practitioner whose practice is limited to a particular class of patients (as children) or of diseases (as skin diseases) or of technique (as surgery) especially : a physician who is qualified by advanced training and certification by a specialty examining board to so limit his or her practice

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