(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.
A person should always try to intersperse praise with constructive criticism.2. To supply or diversify with things positioned at intervals: There were several interspersed lamp fixtures on the large ceiling of the underground parking area of the hospital that provided excellent light for those who were looking for a place to park and to walk safely to the elevator and get to their medical appointments.
The TV program was interspersed with several advertisements.
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The intrastate rules governing estates which are left intestate do not apply to interstate situations.
2. A short gap of time between activities: Mrs. Robinson used the interstices of her breaks at her desk to call up her daughter.
Sally spent the interstitial minutes between classes with rechecking her homework for the next period.
2. Pertaining to the space between tissues or cellular parts of a structure: Interstitial cystitis had developed in Josie's urinary bladder and was causing her a lot of pain!
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-.