morpheme

(noun) The smallest meaningful linguistic unit in a language.

Example: Prefixes, stems, and suffixes. Such as in the word undefinable: “un-” (prefix), define (stem), and “-able” (suffix).

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  • Plural: morphemes
  •  Morphemes are compared and contrasted with phonemes.
  • Linguistics (adverb) morphemically (adjective) study morphemic or (adjective) morphematic parts of words

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How to Cite the Definition of Morpheme

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “morpheme.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/morpheme/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

morpheme. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/morpheme/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “morpheme.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/morpheme/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“morpheme.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/morpheme/>.