ex·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ ˌek-strə-ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce extramural (audio) \

Definition of extramural

1 : existing or functioning outside or beyond the walls, boundaries, or precincts of an organized unit (such as a school or hospital)
2 chiefly British : of, relating to, or taking part in extension courses or facilities

Other Words from extramural

extramurally \ ˌek-​strə-​ˈmyu̇r-​ə-​lē How to pronounce extramural (audio) \ adverb

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Extramural contains the Latin extra-, meaning "outside" or "beyond". The walls in extramural are usually those of schools, colleges, and universities, and the word is often seen in phrases like "extramural activities" and "extramural competition", referring to things that involve the world beyond the campus. Some institutions use the term "extramural study" for what others call "distance learning"—that is, teaching and learning by means of Web connections to the classroom and to videos of lectures. Money that flows into universities to support research (from foundations, government institutes, etc.) is usually called "extramural income".

Examples of extramural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While businesses have been increasing their research investments, as noted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, there's some evidence that federal and academic extramural investments may result in more novel discoveries. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 17 May 2022 A year into the initiative, Michael Lauer, the head of the National Institutes of Health’s extramural research program, said that his staff found potential subjects for investigation by looking up published papers with Chinese affiliations. Han Zhang, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2022 Gradually through the 1960s, intramural and extramural programs popped up, and interest grew from the grass roots — the girls. Sarah Barker, Outside Online, 16 Apr. 2021 Still, Michael Lauer, NIH’s deputy director for extramural research, acknowledges the agency won’t be able to help everyone. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, 11 Aug. 2021 But their official work can support their extramural extremism, even drive it. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 26 Jan. 2021 In June 2019, the White House ended funding for NIH’s in-house research using tissue from elective abortions and announced a new ethics review for extramural grants. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, 14 Oct. 2020 The board’s decisions announced today concerned proposals by extramural investigators. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, 18 Aug. 2020 An overwhelming majority — 93% — of those cases involved funding from a Chinese institution, according to Michael Lauer, the deputy director for extramural research at NIH. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, 15 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of extramural

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Extramural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extramural. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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ex·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ -ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce extramural (audio) \

Medical Definition of extramural

: existing or functioning outside or beyond the walls, boundaries, or precincts of an organized unit extramural medical care provided by hospital personnel

Other Words from extramural

extramurally \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce extramural (audio) \ adverb


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