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.

Examples of multidisciplinary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After over 6,000 photos were posted to Instagram, the brands chose London photographer David PD Hyde and multidisciplinary artist Catherine Servel to lead the project in February. Joelle Goldstein,, "18-Year-Old Model with Down Syndrome Featured in Gucci Beauty Editorial: 'I Feel So Lucky'," 9 July 2020 The city was instrumental in the career of Terence Nance, a multidisciplinary artist best known for work such as Random Acts of Flyness and An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. Elias Williams, National Geographic, "New York’s arts scene remains shut down indefinitely—can it evolve and survive?," 15 June 2020 President Miles Davis said the money will help support underrepresented minorities interested in studying the multidisciplinary wine program. The News Register, oregonlive, "Domaine Serene Winery donation boosts diversity in Linfield wine studies program," 18 June 2020 The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue and home to the Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre and the Eva G. Farris Education Center. Charles Infosino,, "Strapped for cash? Check out these free family-friendly venues in Cincinnati," 16 June 2020 Named Operation Lady Justice, it was created to address MMNA through a multidisciplinary approach relying heavily on tribal input. Jeannie Hovland, Fortune, "Missing and murdered Native Americans: How to combat the worsening crisis in the U.S.," 15 June 2020 This makes seemingly good sense, but multidisciplinary bodies and treaties do not sprout up overnight and come at a high cost. Dan Ashe, Scientific American, "A Crucial Step Toward Preventing Wildlife-Related Pandemics," 15 June 2020 Border fieldwork comes with complications Our binational, multidisciplinary group of concerned scientists distributed an anonymous, online survey to 807 members of the Next-Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers Network. Taylor Edwards, The Conversation, "Scientific fieldwork ‘caught in the middle’ of US-Mexico border tensions," 9 June 2020 This multidisciplinary centre, based in Toronto, empowers Black youth and emerging Black artists., "How You Can Support Black People Today, Tomorrow & Forever," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of multidisciplinary

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Multidisciplinary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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: involving two or more subject areas

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