The prefixes "pre-" and "post-" refer to events before and after. For instance, "pre-season" and "post-season" or "pre-study" and "post-study". Is there a prefix fitting this pattern which means "during" that can fit in the form "(prefix)-season" and "(prefix)-study"? "Mid-season" and "mid-study" seems to refer to the middle point, so it does not seem like a good fit.

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    The mid- prefix does not exclusively refer to the midpoint of a fixed period of time. A camera catching someone mid-sneeze, for example, is any time during the sneeze. – Adam Musch Aug 29 '13 at 5:05
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    Possible duplicate of If 'pre' is previous, 'post' is after, what is current? – MetaEd Apr 11 '16 at 18:03
  • @MετάEd normally I'm in favour of closing questions as duplicates but the older question is closed, and if we close this one too, then no one could submit a different, or better-quality answer. – Mari-Lou A Apr 11 '16 at 19:50
  • @Mari-LouA Both questions are general reference. – MetaEd Apr 11 '16 at 20:47
  • @MετάEd I don't think so, the older question was closed because the obvious answer seemed to be "current" (as suggested by Barrie England) your upvoted suggestion came a day later when it was almost too late to save the question. Your vote says that this is a duplicate, but now you're saying it's GR. I've Googled the OP's question and got inter and dia but not peri, intra nor in-, so there seems to be more than one acceptable answer. – Mari-Lou A Apr 11 '16 at 21:38

I'm not a language expert but I think intra- is the prefix you are looking for:

1a : within <intragalactic>
b : during <intraday>
c : between layers of <intradermal>
source: merriam-webster.com

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    Why do you think intra is the correct word? – Hugo Aug 27 '13 at 6:58
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    Because of this dictionary entry: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intra- – Khalid Hussain Aug 27 '13 at 13:32
  • I personally see the prefix intra- connected with movement, e.g. when I'm moving within some area - I would use "intra-" to describe it and when from one area to another - I would use "inter-". In this case I believe that "in-" fits better the response to OP question. – lewiatan Apr 14 at 7:49

It varies from word to word, depending on the specific example, but the most common prefix is in-, or for there to be no prefix at all:

I can't wait for the season to start. The in-season games are so much better than the preseason ones!

After a bit of pre-study work, we did some studying, and then went for post-study drinks.


What about peri- as in perinatal. It does mean "around, about", and if used in a sense of time (as in perinatal) this could mean "during"

Dictionary entry for peri-

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    See academia.edu/2364375/… for an example. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 27 '13 at 9:31
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    I think precisely because it means "around" it doesn't mean "during". Think about perimeter. What's on the perimeter is not in the circle. – Joe Corneli Jul 30 '15 at 15:34
  • @JoeCorneli This is why I added "if used in a sense of time". A perimeter is clearly space, not time. There is nothing "during" a meter. Anyway, this argument holds true for all possible answers, as we humans rarely have any words or prefixes that only and exactly mean one thing. – skymningen Jul 31 '15 at 8:26

In medical terms, it's "preoperative," "intraoperative," and "postoperative," with "perioperative" encompassing the entire surgical process: before, during, and after (according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perioperative).

  • Actually, this answer has the same problems as skymningen's (it's almost a duplicate): Peri-op care is the care that is given before, during and after surgery. But the article you link to mentions intraoperative care (supporting the idea from Khalid Hussain's post). – Joe Corneli Jul 30 '15 at 15:38
  • @JoeCorneli, Skymningen suggested that peri- could mean during, while PtronAv explained that peri- means before, during, and after. This answer does not appear to have any problems to me. – cowlinator Apr 4 '18 at 0:29

What I mostly see is the mid- prefix as in mid-season.

  • The OP specifically says he's not looking for this prefix. – asteri Aug 27 '13 at 14:03
  • Sorry, now I see OP is looking for a term that covers the whole, overall time period. – András Hummer Aug 27 '13 at 18:24

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