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 The multidisciplinary team recommended common public health guidelines that are already in place in most of Africa and the rest of the world. Larry Madowo, CNN, 28 July 2021 So, there has to be a multidisciplinary approach in which ethicists and other folks help to identify and address issues of bias and fairness. Aparna Dhinakaran, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Many of the works — by multidisciplinary artists such as Russell Craig, Rico Frederick and Eboni Hogan — serve as inspiration for the evening’s performances. New York Times, 8 July 2021 In an effort to better assess these cases and improve collaboration, a multidisciplinary team that includes Chicago advocates, attorneys and law enforcement meets monthly to consider cases like acquaintance rapes. Alison Bowen,, 8 July 2021 The album’s cover art was designed by U.K. multidisciplinary artist Peter Liversidge. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, 22 June 2021 This effort was led by a multidisciplinary team which included, Roger Kenny, innovation lead at Dow Jones. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, 8 May 2021 In Pennsylvania, Harrison is working with the state’s chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to create a multidisciplinary approach, where physicians work with food pantries to screen for food insecurity. Kimi Ceridon, Bon Appétit, 23 June 2021 Visual and multidisciplinary works will be presented in a group exhibition, while performances incorporating dance, music, and theater will take place throughout June and July. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of multidisciplinary

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Multidisciplinary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of multidisciplinary

: involving two or more subject areas

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