Pronunciation: (spesh'u-līz"), [key]
—v., -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to pursue some special line of study, work, etc.; have a specialty: The doctor specializes in gastroenterology.
2. Biol.(of an organism or one of its organs) to be adapted to a special function or environment.
1. to render special or specific; invest with a special character, function, etc.
2. to adapt to special conditions; restrict to specific limits.
3. to restrict payment of (a negotiable instrument) by endorsing over to a specific payee.
4. to specify; particularize. Also, esp. Brit.,spe'cial•ise".
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