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 Participants were 1,739 newborns enrolled in the Safe Passage Study, a large multidisciplinary study investigating the association between prenatal alcohol exposure, sudden infant death syndrome and stillbirth. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Any level of drinking or smoking while pregnant may affect your newborn's brain development, study says," 12 May 2020 Martel earned his bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies in May 2019 and is a three-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend football alumni quartet selected for Hampshire Honor Society," 27 Apr. 2020 The Clinic has a multidisciplinary team working on infection prevention. Ginger Christ, cleveland, "Protecting patients, health care workers priorities as Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and UH prepare for coronavirus," 23 Feb. 2020 Before, during, and after this one-year period, a multidisciplinary team of scientists studied the two men continuously through molecular, physiological, and behavioral lenses. Bill Ingalls, National Geographic, "One-of-a-kind study of astronaut twins hints at spaceflight’s health effects," 11 Apr. 2019 The multidisciplinary research team looked at nearly 1 million suicides in North America and found that hotter temperatures correlate with higher suicide rates. Kurtis Alexander, The Seattle Times, "Global warming will increase suicides, researchers say," 23 July 2018 Beyond the research, Roh said his goal is to improve as an educator and bring new generations of students into the new and multidisciplinary field of immunoengineeering. Lee Roop |, al, "UAH professor honored for work ‘priming’ immune cells," 20 Feb. 2020 Moral injury provides an ideal opportunity for multidisciplinary approaches that include attention to spiritual, societal and psychological components. Anna Harwood-gross, Scientific American, "Treating “Moral” Injuries," 24 Mar. 2020 During 1-54, there are solo exhibitions on display from Mohamed Arejdal and Fatiha Zemmouri (February 20 to 23), two multidisciplinary Moroccan artists questioning the concept of borders. Christine Ajudua, Condé Nast Traveler, "Africa’s Contemporary Art World Is Finding a Home in Marrakech," 19 Feb. 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 26 May. 2020.

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: involving two or more subject areas

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