subspecialty

noun sub·spe·cial·ty \ ˌsəb-ˈspe-shəl-tē \
variants: or less commonly sub-specialty

Definition of subspecialty

plural subspecialties also sub-specialties
: 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

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Medical Dictionary

subspecialty

noun sub·spe·cial·ty \ ˌsəb-ˈspesh-əl-tē, ˈsəb-ˌ \

medical Definition of subspecialty

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

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