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".

Examples of extramural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Dozens of scientists lose jobs amid investigation into foreign ties," 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, "Female scientists allege discrimination, neglect of research on women at NIH’s child health institute," 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, "NIH clarifies meaning of ‘disadvantaged’ in bid to boost diversity in science," 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, "Trump administration restricts fetal tissue research," 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, "Trump administration restricts fetal tissue research," 5 June 2019 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

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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 4 Jul. 2020.

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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 extramurally (audio) \ adverb

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