- a person who devotes himself or herself to one subject or to one particular branch of a subject or pursuit.
- a medical practitioner who devotes attention to a particular class of diseases, patients, etc.
- U.S. Army. an enlisted person of one of four grades having technical or administrative duties, the grades corresponding to those of corporal through sergeant first class but not requiring the exercise of command.
- Stock Exchange. a member of an exchange who executes orders in his or her name or for other stockbrokers in a single stock or a particular group of stocks and thus helps maintain the market in those securities on that exchange.
Origin of specialist
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- a person who specializes in or devotes himself to a particular area of activity, field of research, etc
- (as modifier)specialist knowledge
- an enlisted rank in the US Army denoting technical qualifications that entitle the holder to a noncommissioned officer's pay
- ecology an organism that has special nutritional requirements and lives in a restricted habitat that provides theseCompare generalist
Word Origin and History for subspecialist
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A physician whose practice is limited to a particular branch of medicine or surgery, especially one who is certified by a board of physicians.
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