subdiscipline

noun
sub·​dis·​ci·​pline | \ ˌsəb-ˈdi-sə-plən How to pronounce subdiscipline (audio) \
variants: or less commonly sub-discipline
plural subdisciplines also sub-disciplines

Definition of subdiscipline

: a discipline (such as an academic discipline) that is part of a broader discipline Organic chemistry is a subdiscipline of chemistry. The management of programmers is a discipline unto itself. There are subdisciplines that deal with how coders communicate.— Paul Ford

First Known Use of subdiscipline

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Subdiscipline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subdiscipline. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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