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Is there a synonym for the 'every x minutes' construct? The phrase I want to rephrase is 'the system generates a command every x minutes'.

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You could use the word intervals:

The system generates a command at five-minute intervals.

Wordnik shows one definition of interval is:

interval (n.) The amount of time between two specified instants, events, or states.

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Words like hourly, daily, weekly could serve as one-word synonyms for that construction in some cases, but they're much more specific units than you seem to be looking for.

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