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

Examples of multidisciplinary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web See photos from The Anthropocene Project, a multidisciplinary body of work that seeks to capture the ways in which humans have undeniably altered the world's landscape. Mansee Khurana, NPR, 3 Apr. 2024 Hospice is not the same as palliative care, which is a multidisciplinary team that sees seriously ill patients in a clinic or hospital to help them and their families with symptoms, distress and advance care planning. Maria J Silveira, The Conversation, 1 Apr. 2024 This effect is even more pronounced when individuals have multidisciplinary expertise and understand more than one domain themselves. Cindy Gordon, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Sanchez is bringing the multidisciplinary production to her hometown for two shows on March 21-22 at the Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio in downtown San Jose. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 17 Mar. 2024 Called her first institutional solo exhibition in Greater L.A., the exhibition features 37 of the writer, teacher and multidisciplinary artist’s new and recent works. The Editors, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 The recommendations stress a multidisciplinary approach to care that should consider an individual’s physical, mental and behavioral well-being. Omer Awan, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 The company became a multidisciplinary powerhouse, employing a diverse team of experts uniquely qualified to tackle community issues. Tyler Shepherd, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 Other interventions could include beefing up multidisciplinary teams in hospitals or advocacy centers that could serve as bias checks before a report is submitted. Jennifer Brookland, Detroit Free Press, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multidisciplinary was in 1944

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“Multidisciplinary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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