subspecialty

noun
sub·​spe·​cial·​ty | \ ˌsəb-ˈspe-shəl-tē How to pronounce subspecialty (audio) \
variants: or less commonly sub-specialty
plural subspecialties also sub-specialties

Definition of subspecialty

: a specialty that is part of a broader specialty Child psychiatry is a subspecialty of general psychiatry, just as hematology is of internal medicine.— Bruno Bettelheim and Alvin A. Rosenfeld An entire subspecialty known as machine learning is devoted to building algorithms that allow computers to develop new behaviors based on experience.— Adam Piore

First Known Use of subspecialty

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subspecialty was in 1873

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“Subspecialty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subspecialty. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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subspecialty

noun
sub·​spe·​cial·​ty | \ ˌsəb-ˈspesh-əl-tē, ˈsəb-ˌ How to pronounce subspecialty (audio) \
plural subspecialties

Medical Definition of subspecialty

: a subordinate field of specialization child psychiatry is a subspecialty of general psychiatry— Bruno Bettelheim et al.

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