specialization

noun
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 During the 20th century, however, agricultural specialization separated livestock operations and grain growers, often by distances too large to transport manure. Julia Rosen, The Atlantic, "We Broke Phosphorus," 8 Feb. 2021 SuperAdobe construction is only permissible through specialization permits granted by a county building department, granted for emergency or research purposes. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Homes made of sandbags, barbed wire could offer cheaper, safer shelter as climate crisis worsens," 3 Dec. 2020 What follows is a breakdown of symbols and terms used by specialization. Anne Quito, Quartz, "What is sustainable design and how can consumers identify it?," 12 Nov. 2020 This sort of specialization allowed the UA Press to develop an international reputation in publishing English language poetry. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | TOM DILLARD: UA Press packages the past," 29 Nov. 2020 In the Russian educational system, some schools orient on a particular specialization from the earliest grades. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Moscow kids get teachers on screen, but trainees in class. Will it work?," 19 Nov. 2020 There are many fields of specialization within the design profession—architecture, fashion, experience design, interiors, interactive design, graphic design, product design, and web design, to name a few—and each has its own parlance and practices. Anne Quito, Quartz, "What is sustainable design and how can consumers identify it?," 12 Nov. 2020 But his area of specialization is entertainment and intellectual property law. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Doug Emhoff once represented Merck, but he isn't a 'big pharma' lawyer," 12 Nov. 2020 When newsrooms ask reporters to cover more and more topic areas and this specialization decreases, an attention to detail is sometimes lost. Shane M. Hanlon, Scientific American, "How Those Bogus Reports on 'Ineffective' Neck Gaiters Got Started," 1 Sep. 2020

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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 4 Mar. 2021.

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specialization

noun
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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