Onset vs Prepregnancy - What's the difference?

onset | prepregnancy |

As a noun onset

is a rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army.

As a verb onset

is (obsolete) to assault; to set upon.

As an adjective prepregnancy is

before the onset of pregnancy.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army.
  • * (rfdate) (William Shakespeare),
  • The onset and retire / Of both your armies.
  • * (rfdate) (William Wordsworth),
  • Who on that day the word of onset gave.
  • (medicine) The initial phase of a disease or condition, in which symptoms first become apparent.
  • (phonology) The initial portion of a syllable, preceding the syllable nucleus.
  • (acoustics) The beginning of a musical note or other sound, in which the amplitude rises from zero to an initial peak.
  • (obsolete) A setting about; a beginning.
  • * (rfdate) (Francis Bacon),
  • There is surely no greater wisdom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things.
  • (obsolete) Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful appendage.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=28, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= High and wet , passage=Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages. Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.}}


  • (obsolete) To assault; to set upon.
  • (obsolete) To set about; to begin.
  • prepregnancy



  • Before the onset of pregnancy.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2007, date=February 13, author=Nicholas Bakalar, title=Childbirth: Cutting Caffeine Not Found to Affect Birth Weight, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=After adjusting for prepregnancy weight, smoking status and other variables, the average birth weight of babies in the decaf group was a statistically insignificant one-half ounce higher than that of babies in the coffee-drinking group. }}