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

Definition of subspecialize

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

Other Words from subspecialize

subspecialization \ ˌsəb-​ˌspe-​sh(ə-​)lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce subspecialize (audio) \ or less commonly sub-specialization noun, 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

First Known Use of subspecialize

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Subspecialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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