sub·​spe·​cial·​ize ˌsəb-ˈspe-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce subspecialize (audio)
variants or less commonly sub-specialize
subspecialized or sub-specialized; subspecializing also sub-specializing

intransitive verb

: to concentrate one's efforts in a special occupation, practice, or field of study that is part of a broader specialty : to practice or study within a subspecialty
Like most surgical specialists, neurosurgeons subspecialize in different areas, such as tumors, cerebrovascular, seizure, pituitary gland and pain surgery.John Pekkanen
subspecialization noun
or less commonly sub-specialization
plural subspecializations also sub-specializations
subspecializations such as creative writing, linguistics, the teaching of English, and English as a second language … Gerald Graff
surgical subspecialization

Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subspecialize was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Subspecialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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