mul·​ti·​dis·​ci·​plin·​ary | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈdi-sə-plə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce multidisciplinary (audio) , -ˌtī-, especially British -ˌdi-sə-ˈpli-nə-rē \

Definition of multidisciplinary

: combining or involving more than one discipline or field of study : interdisciplinary Treatment requires a multidisciplinary approach involving physicians, nutritionists, psychologists, trainers, and gynecologists …— Michelle L. Cameron Donaldson However, the task of interpreting such spectra … will take a multidisciplinary team of astrophysicists, Earth scientists, climate scientists, and biologists.— Sarah Scoles Indeed, nanotechnology may change the way we think about mechanical engineering altogether, making it a more multidisciplinary field, one as concerned with atomic-level effects as electrical engineering or chemistry is.— Stephen L. Girshick and Arun Majumdar

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A discipline is a field of study. So a multidisciplinary (or interdisciplinary) course is a team-taught course in which students are asked to understand a single subject as it's seen by two or more traditional disciplines. Multidisciplinary teaching can open students' eyes to different views of a subject that they had never considered before. A multidisciplinary panel discussion, on the other hand, presents views from scholars in different fields but may leave any merging of the information to the audience.

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Recent Examples on the Web Nengudi’s multidisciplinary practice — which includes sculpture, performance, dance, photography and film — challenges convention and takes art down from the ivory tower. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2022 These are multidisciplinary groups based in 36 states that investigate circumstances around maternal deaths. Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2022 The donation will be used to establish the MIT Morningside Academy for Design, a multidisciplinary center intended to serve as a focal point for design research, education, and entrepreneurship. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 When the multidisciplinary artist and archivist Guadalupe Rosales was 15, her parents threw her a quinceañera in the backyard of their East L.A. home. Jocelyn Silver, Vogue, 16 Sep. 2022 The musician also unveiled a video for the layered track, which was directed by Eno and London-based multidisciplinary artist Orfeo Tagiuri and uses handwriting by Eno’s granddaughter, Anya. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 8 Sep. 2022 Far from being the story of a lone genius, the triumph of penicillin is actually one of the great stories of international, multidisciplinary collaboration in the history of science. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 With a background as a multidisciplinary artist, Cohen approaches design through a visual lens that plays with composition, color, and form in an approachable way. Allison Duncan, House Beautiful, 23 Aug. 2022 La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, which is winding down, has always been about artistic collaboration and multidisciplinary performances. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Multidisciplinary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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