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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Subspecialists involved in multidisciplinary teams come to the clinic, so patients don’t have to visit specialty clinics. STAT, "New guidelines aim to enlist primary care physicians in transgender care," 1 July 2019 There are three Alexandras, with Milena Manocchia as the spirited teen, Joanna Lynn-Jacobs the resolute seeker and, in ideal luxury casting, the multidisciplinary Ann Carlson embodying enlightenment. Mark Swed,, "Review: ‘Atlas’ needs no words to astonish as the L.A. Phil wraps its centennial season," 12 June 2019 The latter may be an understatement, considering the level at which the 31-year-old multidisciplinary performer has mastered the genre. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "FKA Twigs Shows Off Impressive Pole-Dancing Skills in a New Music Video," 24 Apr. 2019 And because one festival is never enough, this multidisciplinary art space is hosting a series of events that will feature exhibitions, cooking demonstrations, live music, handmade clothing, artist books and art workshops. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Police violence paintings, a gallery's 25th and enduring images of a photojournalist's life," 21 June 2018 Thomas takes a similar approach, priding herself on being a profound listener, offering sessions that are multidisciplinary in approach, helping the mother-to-be connect deeper with her intuition and her baby, while soothing the nervous system. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Ways a Doula Can Transform the Birthing Process for Moms-to-Be," 30 Apr. 2019 Palliative care depends on a multidisciplinary team that works with the patient, their family, and their other doctors to provide medical, social, emotional, and practical support, the NIA says. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Different End-of-Life Care Options to Know if You or a Loved One Is Sick," 18 Dec. 2018 About one-third of the art—including works by painter Marlene Dumas, multidisciplinary artist Sarah Lucas and Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz—will come from Kulczyk’s own collection. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "A New Museum is Putting This Swiss Alps Town on the Map," 12 Dec. 2018 This community-centered, multidisciplinary approach helps our participating members overcome the everyday barriers to achieving their best health. Karen S. Lynch, STAT, "Everyone deserves a holistic, patient-centric health care system," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of multidisciplinary

1944, in the meaning defined above

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: involving two or more subject areas

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