[ spesh-uh-lahyzd ]
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  1. invested with a special character or restricted to a special function or field of activity: He campaigned for a specialized burn department to be established at the hospital.The humanities, once a highly specialized pursuit, have rapidly become a much broader conversation.

  2. Biology. (of an organism or organ) adapted to a special function or environment:If the coastal sage scrub were to vanish, so would these specialized species of insects that are dependent on it.

  1. the simple past tense and past participle of specialize.

Origin of specialized

  • Also especially British, spe·cial·ised .

Other words from specialized

  • non·spe·cial·ized; especially British, non·spe·cial·ised, adjective
  • o·ver·spe·cial·ized; especially British, o·ver·spe·cial·ised, adjective
  • un·spe·cial·ized; especially British, un·spe·cial·ised, adjective

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