Definition of unspecialized in US English:


(British unspecialised)


  • Not specialized.

    • ‘That is an unspecialised city general hospital.’
    • ‘Stem cells are unspecialised cells that are able to replicate and can be influenced by their environment to take on specialised properties.’
    • ‘Yet the cultivation of such wisdom seems curiously lacking in many of our degree programmes - partly because there is so little space on the curriculum to consider simple unspecialised questions.’
    • ‘Many kingfishers are unspecialized carnivores that are often largely insectivorous, and may take prey from the ground, the air, water or foliage.’
    • ‘After more than 6 months of unspecialised growth the cells retained the potential to form particular tissues.’
    • ‘Most of them were untrained, unaffiliated, unspecialized writers whose common trait was a fascination with the idea of America.’
    • ‘This negative advantage has spawned thousands of relatively unspecialised, high-paying jobs in the loosely-defined ‘IT sector’, alongside core IT jobs that are knowledge-intensive.’
    • ‘The first mammals, around 200 million years ago, were small, four-legged and relatively unspecialised.’
    • ‘The term ‘stem cells’ refers to a diverse group of primitive cells that are themselves relatively undifferentiated and unspecialized.’
    • ‘The unspecialized generalists were less successful than any of the specialists, so that the genetic link between the food specialists was quickly lost.’
    • ‘But the select committees do not themselves examine legislation: this remains the province of the transient and unspecialized standing committees.’
    • ‘Scientists found that some snippets of leaves and other plant parts maintained in the laboratory could change into unspecialized plant cells.’
    • ‘Maybe we're still so unspecialized for the task of running that selective breeding could accomplish this.’
    • ‘The basic skills are relatively simple and unspecialised, allowing for mass participation.’
    • ‘She quickly decided that the petioles, the little stems that connect a leaf blade to a twig, looked most promising as a source of unspecialized tissue.’
    • ‘The canines are long and sharp, the carnassials are usually well developed (but not secodont in a few species), and the incisors are unspecialized.’
    • ‘The first is that the distinction between craftsmen and merchants, professionals and gentry, or other combinations, is often a fine line in what was a relatively unspecialised economy.’
    • ‘Early embryos are potentially a better source because all their cells are still unspecialised.’
    • ‘The discovery smudges the common picture of sauropods as unspecialized, lumbering dinosaurs that used very long necks to munch away at any greenery in sight, including treetops.’
    simple, crude, unrefined, basic, rudimentary, primitive, rough and ready, rough-hewn, make-do, cobbled together, undeveloped, homespun
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