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[eem] /im/

noun, Chiefly Scot.
a suffix used principally in linguistics to form nouns with the sense “significant contrastive unit,” at the level of language specified by the stem:
morpheme; tagmeme.
(linguistics) indicating a minimal distinctive unit of a specified type in a language: morpheme, phoneme

in linguistics, noted as an active suffix and word-formation element from 1953; from French -ème “unit, sound,” from phonème (see phoneme).


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