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[spesh-uh-luh-zey-shuh n]
  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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Examples from the Web for specialisation

Historical Examples of specialisation

  • Society should model itself on nature, whose plan is specialisation.

    The Cult of Incompetence

    Emile Faguet

  • This, of course, is a natural result of specialisation in biology.

  • God and the Devil are an effort after specialisation and division of labour.

  • One of these circumstances was the specialisation of the learning of the time.

  • At the same time his views on the specialisation of training are far from extreme.

    Sir John French

    Cecil Chisholm

Word Origin and History for specialisation


chiefly British English spelling of specialization. For spelling, see -ize.

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1843; see specialize + -ation.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

specialisation in Medicine


  1. The act of specializing.
  2. A specialty.
  3. Adaptation, as of an organ or organism, to a specific function or environment.
  4. differentiation
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