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

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extramurally \ ˌek-​strə-​ˈmyu̇r-​ə-​lē How to pronounce extramurally (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".

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However Henry Reichman, chair of the AAUP Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, said this doesn’t allow universities to infringe on faculty members’ extramural expression. Jennifer Day, chicagotribune.com, "He was hired to teach at Olivet Nazarene University. And then someone read his book.," 9 July 2019 The UNMC College of Medicine and extramural research grants have committed $8 million in startup funding for five years. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Clinical trials of dietary supplements often don’t include children, says Craig Hopp, deputy director of the division of extramural research of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Do Dietary Supplements Help or Hurt Children?," 2 July 2018 According to the director of the NCI, Dr. Norman Sharpless, the NCI is directing their extramural funders to set aside additional funding to increase the total number of first R01's given to early-stage investigators by at least 25 percent in 2018. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Why the next generation of cancer researchers need support if they are to find a cure," 20 Apr. 2018 Dr. Mike Lauer, deputy director for extramural research at the NIH, pointed to several successful trials where minorities were well represented. Sujata Srinivasan, courant.com, "Clinical Trials In Need Of Diversity," 11 May 2017 UW-Eau Claire has received an average of $5.5 million annually in extramural grant awards over the past five years to support research, instruction and public service projects, according to the university's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System announce agreement to boost research collaboration," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of extramural

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

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

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