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From Ancient Greek (khrónos) + -eme, a suffix indicating a fundamental unit in some aspect of linguistic structure, extracted from phoneme, from Ancient Greek (ph?n?ma, "sound"), from (ph?né?, "to sound"), from ? (ph?n?, "sound"). Synchronically, chrono- + -eme.
chroneme (plural chronemes)
- A basic, theoretical unit of sound that can distinguish words by duration only of a vowel or consonant.