grapheme

[graf-eem]
noun Linguistics.
1.
a minimal unit of a writing system.
2.
a unit of a writing system consisting of all the written symbols or sequences of written symbols that are used to represent a single phoneme.

Origin:
1935–40; graph- + -eme

graphemically, adverb
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grapheme (ˈɡræfiːm)
 
n
linguistics one of a set of orthographic symbols (letters or combinations of letters) in a given language that serve to distinguish one word from another and usually correspond to or represent phonemes, e.g. the f in fun, the ph in phantom, and the gh in laugh
 
[C20: from Greek graphēma a letter]
 
gra'phemically
 
adv

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LI-10: producing a new word when a specific grapheme is changed, added, or removed.
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