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  1. the middle or halfway point of a term, as a school term or term of office.
  2. Often midterms. Informal. an examination or series of examinations at the middle of a school term.
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  1. pertaining to or occurring on or about the middle of a term, as a school term or term of office: a midterm recess; midterm elections.
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Origin of midterm

First recorded in 1865–70; mid- + term
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    1. the middle of a term in a school, university, etc
    2. (as modifier)midterm exam
  1. US politics
    1. the middle of a term of office, esp of a presidential term, when congressional and local elections are held
    2. (as modifier)midterm elections
    1. the middle of the gestation period
    2. (as modifier)midterm checkup See term (def. 6)
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