A specialist has an area of expertise in a profession or branch of learning. Call an ear, nose, and throat specialist if you can’t shake a stuffy nose, but go to a Shakespeare specialist to learn about King Lear.

Specialist started off as a word used just for doctors who focused particular diseases or parts of the body, but now a specialist can be someone with a narrow focus in any field. A specialist is any professional with a specialty — lawyers are specialists because each lawyer deals with a specific kind of legal work. To be a specialist you have to study or get experience in a specific field for a long time.

Definitions of specialist

n an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning

specialiser, specializer
Renaissance man, generalist
a modern scholar who is in a position to acquire more than superficial knowledge about many different interests
Alphonse Bertillon
French criminologist (1853-1914)
Charles Eames
United States designer noted for an innovative series of chairs (1907-1978)
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enologist, fermentologist, oenologist
a specialist in wine making
a specialist assigned to the staff of a diplomatic mission
a specialist in canon law
a specialist in criminology
a specialist in crystallography
dietician, dietitian, nutritionist
a specialist in the study of nutrition
educationalist, educationist
a specialist in the theory of education
fingerprint expert, fingerprint man, fingerprint specialist
a specialist in identifying fingerprints
a specialist in the study of Germanic language or culture or literature
designer, graphic designer
someone who specializes in graphic design
graphologist, handwriting expert
a specialist in inferring character from handwriting
decorator, designer, house decorator, interior decorator, interior designer, room decorator
a person who specializes in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings
a specialist in the study of freshwater ponds and lakes
a specialist who studies processes in the earth's atmosphere that cause weather conditions
oculist, optometrist
a person skilled in testing for defects of vision in order to prescribe corrective glasses
a specialist in oriental subjects
a specialist in the history of the Teutonic people or language (especially with respect to the Teutonic influence on the history of England)
arborist, tree surgeon
a specialist in treating damaged trees
cultural attache
an attache who is a specialist in cultural matters
military attache
an attache who is a specialist in military matters
weather forecaster, weatherman
predicts the weather
Type of:
a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully

n practices one branch of medicine

medical specialist
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Jean Martin Charcot
French neurologist who tried to use hypnotism to cure hysteria (1825-1893)
Harvery Williams Cushing
United States neurologist noted for his study of the brain and pituitary gland and who identified Cushing's syndrome (1869-1939)
Sir Howard Walter Florey
British pathologist who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1898-1968)
Sigmund Freud
Austrian neurologist who originated psychoanalysis (1856-1939)
Harold Hirschsprung
Danish pediatrician (1830-1916)
Karen Danielsen Horney
United States psychiatrist (1885-1952)
Karl Theodor Jaspers
German psychiatrist (1883-1969)
Melanie Klein
United States psychoanalyst (born in Austria) who was the first to specialize in the psychoanalysis of small children (1882-1960)
Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing
German neurologist noted for his studies of sexual deviance (1840-1902)
Karl Landsteiner
United States pathologist (born in Austria) who discovered human blood groups (1868-1943)
Prosper Meniere
French otologist who first described a form of vertigo now known as Meniere's disease and identified the semicircular canals as the site of the lesion (1799-1862)
Charles Frederick Menninger
United States psychiatrist who with his sons founded a famous psychiatric clinic in Topeka (1862-1953)
Karl Augustus Menninger
United States psychiatrist and son of Charles Menninger (1893-1990)
William Claire Menninger
United States psychiatrist and son of Charles Menninger (1899-1966)
Sir James Paget
English pathologist who discovered the cause of trichinosis (1814-1899)
Wilhelm Reich
Austrian born psychoanalyst who lived in the United States; advocated sexual freedom and believed that cosmic energy could be concentrated in a human being (1897-1957)
John Rock
United States gynecologist and devout Catholic who conducted the first clinical trials of the oral contraceptive pill (1890-1984)
Francis Peyton Rous
United States pathologist who discovered viruses that cause tumors (1879-1970)
Hermann Snellen
Dutch ophthalmologist who introduced the Snellen chart to study visual acuity (1834-1908)
Benjamin Spock
United States pediatrician whose many books on child care influenced the upbringing of children around the world (1903-1998)
Harry Stack Sullivan
United States psychiatrist (1892-1949)
Georges Gilles de la Tourette
French neurologist (1857-1904)
Henry Hubert Turner
United States endocrinologist (1892-1970)
Rudolf Karl Virchow
German pathologist who recognized that all cells come from cells by binary fission and who emphasized cellular abnormalities in disease (1821-1902)
Karl Wernicke
German neurologist best known for his studies of aphasia (1848-1905)
Thomas Willis
English physician who was a pioneer in the study of the brain (1621-1675)
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anaesthetist, anesthesiologist, anesthetist
a specialist who administers an anesthetic to a patient before he is treated
baby doctor, paediatrician, pediatrician, pediatrist
a specialist in the care of babies
cardiologist, heart specialist, heart surgeon
a specialist in cardiology; a specialist in the structure and function and disorders of the heart
chiropodist, foot doctor, podiatrist
a specialist in care for the feet
dermatologist, skin doctor
a doctor who specializes in the physiology and pathology of the skin
diagnostician, pathologist
a doctor who specializes in medical diagnosis
medical specialist whose competence has been certified by a diploma granted by an appropriate professional group
ear doctor, ear specialist, otologist
a physician who specializes in the ear and its diseases
a physician who specializes in embryology
physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the endocrine system
ENT man, ear-nose-and-throat doctor, otolaryngologist, otorhinolaryngologist, rhinolaryngologist
a specialist in the disorders of the ear or nose or throat
geriatrician, gerontologist
a specialist in gerontology
gynaecologist, gynecologist, woman's doctor
a specialist in gynecology
haematologist, hematologist
a doctor who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs
a medical specialist in hygiene
a specialist in internal medicine
brain doctor, neurologist
a medical specialist in the nervous system and the disorders affecting it
accoucheur, obstetrician
a physician specializing in obstetrics
a specialist in oncology
eye doctor, oculist, ophthalmologist
a medical doctor specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye
orthopaedist, orthopedist
a specialist in correcting deformities of the skeletal system (especially in children)
a specialist in orthoptics
a doctor specializing in diseases of the rectum and anus
head-shrinker, psychiatrist, shrink
a physician who specializes in psychiatry
a person who makes radiographs
radiologist, radiotherapist
a medical specialist who uses radioactive substances and X-rays in the treatment of disease
a physician specializing in rheumatic diseases
a specialist in urology
a psychiatrist and specialist in the legal aspects of mental illness
analyst, psychoanalyst
a licensed practitioner of psychoanalysis
aetiologist, etiologist
a specialist in the etiology of diseases
an obstetrician specializing in perinatology
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Dr., MD, doc, doctor, medico, physician
a licensed medical practitioner

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