inter-, intero-

(Latin: between; among, mutually, together; on the inside, internal)

Although abstracted from the many compounds in which it entered English, the form inter- was not generally considered a living prefix in English until the 1400s.

During the later period of Middle English many words borrowed in the Old and Middle French forms entre-, enter- began to be consciously respelled with Latin inter-; although vestiges of the older French borrowings are found in entertain and enterprise.

The living prefix inter- is now freely added to almost any element in English to create such formations with the meaning of "between" and "among". The words formed by intra- are closely related to this inter- prefix; in fact, they both apparently came from the same Latin source.

—Based on information from Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology
ad interim; ad int., a.i. (Latin adverb) (not comparable)
For the current time, temporarily, in the meantime: In the interim, Mark Jones will be appointed as chair of the board of directors.
Temporary or in the meantime.
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Caput inter nubila condit. (Latin statement)
Translation: "She hides her head among the clouds."

Who is she that hides her head in the clouds? The line is from Virgil, who had the personified Fame in mind as the subject of the verb condit. For most people, fame never emerges from behind the clouds; instead, most people labor in obscurity, waiting for their few minutes of fame that never comes.

electrical interference, interference
An effect produced by the combination or superposition of two systems of waves, in which such waves reinforce, neutralize, or in other ways interfere with each other.

Interference can be seen in both the sound waves and the electromagnetic waves; especially, those of visible light and radio.

electron compound, Hume-Rothery compound, intermetallic compound
1. In a phase diagram one of several homogeneous phases that has a specific crystal structure and a specific valence electron-to-atom ratio.
2. An alloy of two metals in which a progressive change in composition is accompanied by a progression of phases, differing in crystal structure.
inter canem et lupum
Between the dog and the wolf, twilight.
inter vivos
Among the living; between living people.

A kind of trust created during the lifetime of the trustor. This legal phrase is also used to designate a gift that is given by one living person to another, taking effect during their life-times.

inter, inter-, intern, intern, inturn
inter (in TUR) (verb)
To bury a dead person: The arrangements to inter Kevin's uncle were made by his children.
inter- (in TUR) (noun) [a prefix]
Added to the beginning of a word to modify its meaning: The inter, as in internet, is an example of the use of the prefix inter-.
The interface of printed pages and the colored illustrations made the book very interesting.

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intern (IN turn") (noun)
A student of graduate academic standing completing professional training under the supervision of a qualified instructor: Trisha was an intern at the hospital where she was completing her training as a pediatrician.
intern (IN turn") (verb)
To place in confinement or a restricted environment for political reasons: Many governments choose to intern their citizens in response to certain governmental fears.
inturn (IN turn") (noun)
An inward turn or curve around an axis or fixed point: Steven wore special shoes to correct the inturn of his toes.

The medical intern was assigned to inter a cadaver that had inturn feet.

interact (verb), interacts; interacted; interacting
1. To act together or socialize with other people: Mrs. Smart watched Tom interact with the other kids on the playground at school.
2. To affect two or more items or things: Jack asked his doctor, "Does this medication interact with the medications I normally take?"
interaction (s) (noun), interactions (pl)
1. The effect which arises when two or more events or items act upon each other and therefore produce a new effect: Dr. Small told Jenifer to be mindful of the interaction between the two medications she was to take.
2. The spoken communication or discourse between people: At the dinner party, Mrs. Black was pleased with the interaction among the guests.
interactive (adjective), more interactive, most interactive
1. Pertaining to the reciprocal or mutual communication between people or between things: The school provided interactive activities for the students during their free periods.
2. Concerning the direct communication between a program on a computer and the user: There are many computer games that are interactive and quite exciting.
3. Synergistic: Interactive muscles work together so that a person can walk easily and gracefully.
All the interactions between biological entities in cells and organisms considered as a whole.
The study of systems biology a biology-based inter-disciplinary study field that focuses on complex interactions in biological systems used to describe a number of trends in bioscience research.
A discipline at the intersection of bioinformatics and biology that deals with studying both the interactions and the consequences of those interactions between and among proteins, and other molecules within a cell of the body.

Related "together" units: com-; greg-; struct-.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "internal organs, entrails, inside": ent-; enter-; fistul-; incret-; intra-; splanchn-; viscer-.