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specialization

[spesh-uh-luh-zey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of specializing, or pursuing a particular line of study or work: Medical students with high student loans often feel driven into specialization.
  2. Biology. the adaptation of an organism or organ to a special function or environment: Basic biology suggests the selective pressures leading to convergent evolutionary specialization among desert-dwelling species.
  3. the act of being restricted to some specific, or the act of becoming specialized.
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Also especially British, spe·cial·i·sa·tion.

Origin of specialization

Related formsde·spe·cial·i·za·tion, nounnon·spe·cial·i·za·tion, nounsub·spe·cial·i·za·tion, nounsu·per·spe·cial·i·za·tion, noun
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Word Origin and History for de-specialization

specialization

n.

1843; see specialize + -ation.

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de-specialization in Medicine

specialization

(spĕsh′ə-lĭ-zāshən)
n.
  1. The act of specializing.
  2. A specialty.
  3. Adaptation, as of an organ or organism, to a specific function or environment.
  4. differentiation