specialist meaning

[ 'speʃəlist ] Pronunciation:   "specialist" in a sentence
Noun: specialist  speshulist
  1. An expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning
    - specializer, specialiser [Brit] 
  2. Practices one branch of medicine
    - medical specialist

Derived forms: specialists

See also: specialism, specialistic, specialize

Type of: doc, doctor, Dr., expert, MD, medico, physician

Antonym: generalist

Encyclopedia: Specialist

noun, adjective

noun [C]

a person or company that has a lot of knowledge and experience in a particular area of business:

Ben is a tax specialist with a major bank.

a firm of recruitment specialists

Europe's largest home insurance specialist

adjective [only before noun]


a specialist business operates in a particular area of activity:

a specialist engineering firm

specialist shops/stores


involving or having a lot of knowledge and experience in a particular subject:

specialist skills/advice/training

A dealer on the New York Stock Exchange who has been appointed by the exchange to maintain an orderly market in certain assigned securities. Specialists operate as market makers and are required to perform four functions: to quote prices, execute orders, create liquidity in the market, and match bids and offers by bringing together buyers and sellers.

On an exchange, the member firm that is designated as the market maker (or dealer for a listed common stock). Member of a stock exchange who maintains a "fair and orderly market" in one or more securities. Only one specialist can be designated for a given stock, but dealers may be specialists for several stocks. In contrast, there can be multiple market makers in the OTC market. Major functions include executing limit orders on behalf of other exchange members for a portion of the floor broker's commission, and buying or selling for the specialist's own account to counteract temporary imbalances in supply and demand and thus prevent wide swings in stock prices.

The limitation of practice or study to a particular branch of medicine,dentistry,or other health profession. It is philosophically distinct from the generalist theory in which familiarity with a wide cross-section of the particular discipline is advocated. n : a medical practitioner whose practice is limited to a particular class of patients (as children) or of diseases (as skin diseases) or of technique (as surgery); esp : a physician who is qualified by advanced training and certification by a specialty examining board to so limit his or her practice


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  1. the peasants looked upon him as a specialist.
  2. refer a patient to a specialist for treatment
  3. the specialists said it might be bright's disease.
  4. there has grown up an urgent need for specialist guidance.
  5. more sophisticated design can be prepared by specialists.

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