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 As one of few to collaborate with both Louis Agassiz and Spencer F. Baird, Stimpson's life provides insight into the men who shaped a generation of naturalists―the last before intense specialization caused naturalists to give way to biologists. Smithsonian, "The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Club," 4 Sep. 2019 The program features 5 specializations including knitwear, sportswear, intimate apparel, special occasion, and children's wear. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Watch FIT's Future of Fashion Show Debuting The Next Generation of Top Designers," 9 May 2019 In any case, the above scenario shows that once feedback controls are reversed, the hives are well on the way to role specialization. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘How Equality and Inequality Shape Birds and Bees’," 9 Nov. 2018 There's actually a whole lot more under the hood with Javascript JIT—including different compiler modes, specialization, optimization, and bailout. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "The ByteCode Alliance wants to bring binary apps into your browser," 14 Nov. 2019 More than 400 other employees in USAA’s Financial Advice and Solutions Group will be considered for roles with USAA’s life insurance company in life and annuity specialization, as well as other supporting roles. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Charles Schwab buying USAA division assets for $1.8B," 25 July 2019 In their final two years, the students will participate in internships in their field of interest and focus on career development and field specialization, the statement continued. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Texas A&M Launches State's First Inclusive 4-Year College Program for Students with Disabilities," 22 July 2019 Open source research suggests that the five national agencies still divide the world into zones of specialization, to maximize their resources. Washington Post, "The 70-Year Spy Alliance the U.S. Says It May Cut Off," 1 July 2019 Wiser was a economics professor with a specialization in game theory at the university at the time of his murder. al, "Mobile police offering $5,000 reward for information that leads to arrest in USA professor homicide," 25 Nov. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Specialization.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specialization. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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