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[muhl-tee-dis-uh-pluh-ner-ee, muhl-tahy-]
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  1. composed of or combining several usually separate branches of learning or fields of expertise: a multidisciplinary study of the 18th century.
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Also mul·ti·dis·ci·plined.

Origin of multidisciplinary

First recorded in 1945–50; multi- + disciplinary
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Related Words for multidisciplinary

interdisciplinary, integrative, multifaceted, versatile, associative, synthesizing, many-sided, ambidextrous, protean, collaborative

British Dictionary definitions for multidisciplinary


  1. of or relating to the study of one topic, involving several subject disciplines
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Word Origin and History for multidisciplinary


also multi-disciplinary, 1949, from multi- + disciplinary.

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