mul·​ti·​mod·​al | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈmō-dᵊl How to pronounce multimodal (audio) , -ˌtī- \

Definition of multimodal

: having or involving several modes, modalities, or maxima multimodal distributions multimodal therapy

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Recent Examples on the Web These improvements will be completed as part of the Broward MPO’s tactical urbanism program, BTactical, which is centered on quickly implementing multimodal safety improvements on the Broward Roadway Network. Brett Shweky,, 1 Sep. 2021 Unlike other visibility platforms, Dynamic Ocean offers comprehensive multimodal visibility for each leg of the journey, alongside rate and booking management, and document management/visibility. Steve Banker, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 The county specifies multimodal projects such as transit, bicycle, pedestrian, freight, roadway modes of transportation, and bridge improvements, the website states. Brian Slupski,, 14 June 2021 That doesn't rule out the researchers giving the Bluebot a multimodal way of sensing the world—for instance, with a robotic version of the lateral line. Matt Simon, Wired, 13 Jan. 2021 The seminal report from the task force, published in 2019, recommended a multimodal approach for patients in pain after an injury or operation, as well as for those with chronic pain and various underlying pain conditions. Vanila Singh, STAT, 2 Dec. 2020 The funding will be allocated for Huntsville to build a multimodal transfer station and renovate its existing operating facility downtown on Cleveland Avenue, according to the announcement. Paul Gattis |, al, 11 Aug. 2020 There’s going to be an explosion of innovation in multimodal video, as people and organizations look for ways to reproduce meetings, conventions, and rallies in cyberspace. Micah L. Sifry, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2020 Opioids should be used as part of multimodal pain management plan and in an ongoing trial, as they are associated with potential harms, including unsanctioned use, addiction and overdose. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of multimodal

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Multimodal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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mul·​ti·​mo·​dal | \ ˌməl-ti-ˈmōd-ᵊl How to pronounce multimodal (audio) \

Medical Definition of multimodal

: relating to, having, or utilizing more than one mode or modality (as of stimulation or treatment) multimodal cancer therapy involving surgery, immunotherapy, and radiation


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