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"representing vocal sounds," 1803, from Modern Latin phoneticus (1797), from Greek phonetikos "vocal," from phonetos "to be spoken, utterable," verbal adjective of phonein "to speak clearly, utter," from phone "sound, voice" (see fame (n.)).
phonetics pho·net·ics (fə-nět'ĭks)
The branch of linguistics that deals with the sounds of speech and their production, combination, description, and representation by written symbols.
phonetic pho·net·ic (fə-nět'ĭk)
Of or relating to phonetics.
Representing the sounds of speech with a set of distinct symbols, each designating a single sound.