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

Examples of specialization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Diplomats contend their job requires specialization and expertise acquired over years in posts around the world — and has no room for amateurs. Elaine Ganley, ajc, 2 June 2022 Larger organizations will have to balance standardization and specialization against the need to keep talent engaged. Spiros Xanthos, Forbes, 18 May 2022 The percentage is even lower in health care, given the additional barriers of security, accessibility, specialization, and regulation. Vivian Neilley, STAT, 4 Apr. 2022 Rather than take stroke patients to any hospital, the crews will take them to a hospital with a stroke-specialization unit. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, 20 Dec. 2021 Bands swelled to tribes, and increasing scale required increasing organization: stratification, specialization; chiefs, warriors, holy men. William Deresiewicz, The Atlantic, 18 Oct. 2021 Some key things to look for are their education, certifications and areas of specialization. Sophie Dodd, PEOPLE.com, 10 June 2022 Meanwhile, the degree of software specialization continues to rise and the cost of software developers (to build and maintain custom code) has skyrocketed. Sayer Martin, Forbes, 27 May 2022 Ben & Jerry’s is well known for its specialization in developing new flavors engineered to join top sellers, including Half Baked, Cherry Garcia, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Louis Biscotti, Forbes, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of specialization

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of specialization was in 1831

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“Specialization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specialization. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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 specialization (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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