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From Ancient Greek χρόνος (khrónos) + -eme, a suffix indicating a fundamental unit in some aspect of linguistic structure, extracted from phoneme, from Ancient Greek φώνημα (phṓnēma, sound), from φωνέω (phōnéō, to sound), from φωνή (phōnḗ, sound). Synchronically, chrono- +‎ -eme.

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chroneme (plural chronemes)

  1. a basic, theoretical unit of sound that can distinguish words by duration only of a vowel or consonant

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