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A meaningful linguistic unit that cannot be divided into smaller meaningful parts. The word man and the suffix -ed (as in walked) are morphemes.

[French morphème, blend of Greek morphē, form and French phonème, phoneme; see phoneme.]

mor·phem′ic adj.
mor·phem′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.morphemic - of or relating to morphemes
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[mɔːˈfiːmɪk] ADJmorfímico
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The base element <struct> is the basis morphemic unit, but it does not stand on its own as a word in English.
This chapter provides contemporary research into graphophonic instruction; extensive information about different levels of spelling knowledges--including morphemic and etymological knowledge; and retains the 'sequence of phonics instruction' that provides a guide for systematic instruction in the complexities of the speech sound-letter (phonographic) relationships of the English language.
(6) In constructive models--including morphemic approaches and stem- or root-based perspectives--fully-inflected wordforms are considered to be built up from sub-word recurrent partials.
The high-achieving spellers were conscious of morphemic elements in words and could draw on semantic features to help them spell less familiar words:
the possible morphemic status of this word element), to the descriptive (e.g.
The first of the two spelling syllables shared an initial consonant (sometimes accompanied by a glide) or zero onset with the spelled syllable, and the second shared the rhyme, which included the main vowel, possibly a stop or nasal consonant, an off-glide, or, functionally speaking, a zero final if there was no consonant, and one of the morphemic pitch tones.
(5) It also means to highlight the morphemic quotients of the syllables: bio-auto-graphy is bio-logical-/auto-matic and auto-nomic-/graphing.
Morphemic analysis (prefixxes, suffixes, and root words) 5.
fleet phonetic and morphemic forms and their unfolding, expansive relations" (79).