- the act of specializing, or pursuing a particular line of study or work: Medical students with high student loans often feel driven into specialization.
- 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.
- the act of being restricted to some specific, or the act of becoming specialized.
Also especially British, spe·cial·i·sa·tion.
Origin of specialization
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Examples from the Web for specialization
Wilson: Yes, I build virtual worlds to see how people use exchange, specialization, and property to create wealth.Why Do We Want Prices in Health Care?
February 27, 2013
It is claimed that specialization should be postponed to a fifth year.College Teaching
There was a specialization of labor, but, as yet, little division.Socialism
We may even set them down to ignorance rather than specialization of interest.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
Only in the second and subsequent years does specialization start.The Black Star Passes
John W Campbell
Fate here, as in the matter of specialization, works her hand.Opportunities in Engineering
Charles M. Horton
Word Origin and History for specialization
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act of specializing.
- A specialty.
- Adaptation, as of an organ or organism, to a specific function or environment.
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