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specialist (n.)

1852 (originally in the medical sense and much scorned by the GPs); see special (adj.) + -ist. Perhaps immediately from French spécialiste (1842). In general use in English by 1862. Related: Specialism.

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Definitions of specialist from WordNet

specialist (n.)
an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning;
Synonyms: specializer / specialiser
specialist (n.)
practices one branch of medicine;
Synonyms: medical specialist
From wordnet.princeton.edu