spe·​cial·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌspe-sh(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce specialization (audio) \

Definition of specialization

1 : a making or becoming specialized
2a : structural adaptation of a body part to a particular function or of an organism for life in a particular environment
b : a body part or an organism adapted by specialization

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Law schools have also expanded offerings for foreign lawyers or U.S. lawyers looking for specialization in areas like tax and entertainment, known as LLMs. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Law Schools Find a Way to Fill Seats (No Lawyers Required)," 20 Dec. 2018 The future of technology will be defined by more software specialization, not less. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google keeps failing to understand tablets," 29 Nov. 2018 The new and sophisticated facilities being built largely reflect the continuing march toward specialization in the U.S., not the provision of basic medical services which underlie universal health-care systems elsewhere. WSJ, "Health Care: A Good Return for 18% of GDP?," 9 Aug. 2018 But this level of specialization also comes with risks. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gangs of beetle larvae lure fathers of their next meal into sex trap," 12 Sep. 2018 Now, specialization is magnifying the tariff pain, even though the Wisconsin business has grown into one of the world’s largest processors of dark red kidney beans, a sector the U.S. dominates. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Kidney Beans Piled to the Rafters: Tariffs Are Biting in Farm Country," 2 Aug. 2018 On the other hand, Fernandez and the Florida Democratic Party have slammed the young Republican for his firm's specialization in assignment-of-benefits claims on insurance matters. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Tuesday is special-election day in Miami. Here's what you need to know. | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018 McConnell, from Lincoln, gave a life of service to the RAF in the intelligence specialization, traveling the world on many operations. Sarah Lumley | Swns, Fox News, "Mom diagnosed with 2 cancers given weeks to live," 21 Sep. 2018 The government, as a rule, discourages specialization: Military officers and diplomats are constantly transferred from one post to another, from one region to the next. Keith Gessen, New York Times, "The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of specialization

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spe·​cial·​iza·​tion | \ ˌspesh-(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce specialization (audio) \
variants: also British specialisation \ ˌspesh-​ə-​ˌlī-​ How to pronounce specialisation (audio) \

Medical Definition of specialization

1 : a making or becoming specialized specialization in pediatrics
2a : structural adaptation of a body part to a particular function or of an organism for life in a particular environment
b : a body part or an organism adapted by specialization

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