Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is devoted to a particular occupation or branch of study or research: "Specialists . . . tend to think in grooves” ( Elaine Morgan).
  • n. A physician whose practice is limited to a particular branch of medicine or surgery, especially one who is certified by a board of physicians: a specialist in oncology.
  • n. Any of several noncommissioned ranks in the U.S. Army that correspond to that of corporal through sergeant first class.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Specialised.
  • n. Someone who is an expert in, or devoted to, some specific branch of study or research.
  • n. A physician whose practice is limited to a particular branch of medicine or surgery.
  • n. Any of several non-commissioned ranks corresponding to that of corporal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who devotes himself to some specialty

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person who devotes himself to a particular branch of a profession, science, or art; one who has a special knowledge of some particular subject: thus, ophthalmologists, neurologists, or gynecologists are specialists in medicine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning
  • n. practices one branch of medicine

Etymologies

specialize +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the case of NetizensForBradley. org, the specialist is the young Greg Laynor, who has read all the FEC literature but still concludes that "it's not clear if we're doing something wrong."

    03/03/2005

  • I would like to emphasize what we previously discussed — that looking for a specialist is the fastest, safest, and cheapest way [to embark on a biological - and chemical-weapons program].

    Inside Al-Qaeda’s Hard Drive

  • Smith: The word 'specialist' has a legal meaning in veterinary medicine, and it applies to veterinarians who have received further training and are "board certified" -- the number of vets who are board certified in working with exotics, reptiles, amphibians or birds is very small, but if you can find one, that's great!

    The Seattle Times

  • You need to see a vein specialist to get the cause treated.

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  • And its previous surfacing of Afghan war documents, which an Army specialist is suspected of leaking, did not reveal "any sensitive intelligence sources and methods," according to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

    NYU library acquires the papers of Philip Agee, renegade spy

  • Dr Anderson geriatric specialist is well known for her physician home care program over the past 10 years seeing real patients that reduces costs by 75% and increases quality of care.

    Wonk Room » NRCC Luring Doctors To Oppose Reform By Pretending To ‘Honor’ Them

  • Comment: Dr Anderson, family medicine and geriatric specialist, is well known for her physician home care program that reduces costs by 75% and increases quality of care.

    Wonk Room » NRCC Luring Doctors To Oppose Reform By Pretending To ‘Honor’ Them

  • But if your symptoms make you miserable, interfere with life and you're not getting much relief, a visit to your primary-care doctor or an allergy specialist is wise.

    Allergy sufferers journey into the season of symptoms

  • You will find many good and some excellent doctors Lakeside and if a specialist is needed, there is always going to be a referral; sometimes the specialist comes Lakeside once a week to see referrals.

    Access to medical specialists at Lakeside

  • Proxy-advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. has questioned whether Ralcorp Holdings Inc.'s silence since rejecting ConAgra Foods Inc.'s latest acquisition bid points to a governance issue at the private-label specialist.

    Proxy Firm Questions Ralcorp Board Governance

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