sub·​spe·​cial·​ist ˌsəb-ˈspe-sh(ə-)list How to pronounce subspecialist (audio)
variants or less commonly sub-specialist
plural subspecialists also sub-specialists
: a person who specializes in an occupation, practice, or field of study that is part of a broader specialty : an expert in or student of a subspecialty
Subspecialists who routinely treat patients with diseases of the external eye and the cornea …Stephanie Bernardo Johns

Examples of subspecialist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our comprehensive training provides a solid foundation that creates opportunities for a variety of career paths as specialists and subspecialists, in clinical care settings and well beyond. Ryan D. Mire, STAT, 13 Apr. 2023 Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, M.D., a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist in San Diego who serves on the Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) COVID-19 Task Force, previously told SELF. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, 22 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subspecialist was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Subspecialist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


: a physician having a subspecialty
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