in·​ter·​dis·​ci·​plin·​ary | \ˌin-tər-ˈdi-sə-plə-ˌner-ē \

Definition of interdisciplinary 

: involving two or more academic, scientific, or artistic disciplines

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interdisciplinarity \ˌin-​tər-​ˌdi-​sə-​plə-​ˈner-​ə-​tē, -​ˈna-​rə-​ \ noun

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Turin’s idea remains contentious — his experimental data have divided the interdisciplinary community of olfactory researchers. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 There are already facilities at the Technical University of Munich, and they’ll be merged into an interdisciplinary center for aviation, aerospace, and geodesy, which is the discipline for measuring Earth. Sonja Peteranderl, The Verge, "Bavaria’s space program shot to viral fame — but it may be in trouble," 20 Oct. 2018 Turner is working toward a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary science with a minor in legal studies. Barbara Laker,, "Overbrook woman wins Miss Philadelphia," 24 Feb. 2018 Coval believes that this interdisciplinary link—between music and poetry—is a natural part of Chicago's arts scene. Matt Harvey, Chicago Reader, "Music / Poetry Jamila Woods and Kevin Coval collaborate with Vinyl for a Cause to benefit Young Chicago Authors," 26 June 2018 And because veterans who are enrolled in the Medical Foster Care program must use VA’s Home Based Primary Care program, which provides an interdisciplinary team of health professionals for in-home medical treatment, the program saves VA even more. Patrica Kime,, "VA turns to foster care for veterans instead of putting them in nursing homes," 29 June 2018 An important component of the SPI summer experience is interdisciplinary education, turning to UW resources and faculty beyond the School of Music. Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Piano Institute draws students from around the world for piano and life lessons," 3 July 2018 Both of us are interested in ways that opening interdisciplinary dialogue between the sciences, humanities, and Indigenous knowledge systems could help build stronger understandings of the world around us. Smithsonian, "Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetime," 22 June 2018 Two years ago, Miller enrolled at Northwest Christian, taking a program that will lead to a degree in interdisciplinary studies. Nick Daschel,, "For West Linn's Chris Miller, is college or NFL coaching in his near future?," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of interdisciplinary

1926, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of interdisciplinary

: involving two or more academic, scientific, or artistic areas of knowledge : involving two or more disciplines

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