mul·​ti·​dis·​ci·​plin·​ary | \ˌməl-tē-ˈdi-sə-plə-ˌner-ē, -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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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 On its Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Pepperdine seeks to train the next generation of entertainment industry leaders through a multidisciplinary approach. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Bonnaroo U? Billboard's 2018 Top Music Business Schools," 29 June 2018 Other changes include refining how patients are selected for the program and reorganizing the multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Washington Post, "Texas heart transplant program resumed after suspension," 15 June 2018 Other changes include refining how patients are selected for the program and reorganizing the multidisciplinary approach to patient care. CBS News, "Texas hospital's heart transplant program resumes after 2-week suspension," 15 June 2018 In the 45 years since the Goldwater rule was adopted, substantial multidisciplinary research has cast serious doubt on the primacy and necessity of an in-person interview as the sole basis for assessment in all circumstances. Leonard L. Glass, STAT, "The Goldwater rule is broken. Here’s how to fix it," 28 June 2018 In a new paper appearing in Communications Biology, a multidisciplinary team of scientists in Austria and the United States identify a possible way out of the conundrum. John Rennie, WIRED, "This Mutation Math Shows How Life Keeps on Evolving," 1 July 2018 Virgil and Matthew proved themselves as brand builders early on with Been Trill, the multidisciplinary cultural force that made clothes and parties with equal hype. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Alyx Plot the Future of Menswear," 27 June 2018 Solange’s artistic output has become increasingly multidisciplinary. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Ikea and Solange’s Saint Heron Announce an Interior Design Collaboration," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of multidisciplinary

1944, in the meaning defined above

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