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 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".

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 After her experience with the Gates Foundation grant, Christy moved out of DIR to the institute’s extramural branch. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, 2 Apr. 2020 But that language may have confused people, says Michael Lauer, who leads NIH’s office of extramural research. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, 13 Dec. 2019 Under the new policy, extramural researchers who submit applications that pass scientific review and score high enough to be funded will now encounter a new and time-consuming layer of review. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, 5 June 2019 The new policy will not affect currently funded extramural projects; there are about 200 such studies, which received about $102 million in 2018. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, 5 June 2019

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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 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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