[spesh-uh-luh-zey-shuh n]


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

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for specialization

Contemporary Examples of specialization

Historical Examples of specialization

  • It is claimed that specialization should be postponed to a fifth year.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • There was a specialization of labor, but, as yet, little division.


    John Spargo

  • We may even set them down to ignorance rather than specialization of interest.

  • 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.

Word Origin and History for specialization

1843; see specialize + -ation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

specialization in Medicine




The act of specializing.
A specialty.
Adaptation, as of an organ or organism, to a specific function or environment.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.