spe·​cial·​i·​za·​tion | \ˌspe-sh(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən \

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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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 Sport specialization is intense training in a single sport while excluding others. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Kids playing sports: Don't focus on single sport too early, experts say," 17 May 2018 With its new campaign, USA Swimming is choosing sides in a national debate about over-specialization in youth sports and mounting concerns over subjecting growing bodies to year-round stress on the same muscle groups. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "USA Swimming Flips for Multisport Youth Athletes," 2 July 2018 More, specialization compels multinational businesses to circle the globe with supply chains and warehouses, because goods must be shipped and stored. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 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 \
variants: also British specialisation \ˌspesh-​ə-​ˌlī-​ \

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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