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phoneme

 [fo´nēm]
the smallest distinct unit of sound in speech; the basic unit of spoken language.

pho·neme

(fō'nēm),
A speech sound.
[G. phōnēma, a voice]

pho·neme

(fō'nēm)
The smallest sound unit that, in terms of the phonetic sequences of sound, controls meaning.
[G. phōnēma, a voice]

phoneme

One of the many sounds in speech that distinguish the meaning of one word from another, as in the case of ‘b’ and ‘w’ which distinguish, for instance, ‘bed’ and ‘wed’ in English.

pho·neme

(fō'nēm)
The smallest sound unit that, in terms of the phonetic sequences of sound, controls meaning.
[G. phōnēma, a voice]

phoneme (fō´nēm),

n a group or family of closely related speech sounds, all of which have the same distinctive acoustic characteristics despite their differences; often used in place of the term
speech sound.