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Bertillon system

a system of identifying persons, especially criminals, by a record of individual physical measurements and peculiarities.
Origin of Bertillon system
1895-1900; named after A. Bertillon Unabridged
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Bertillon system

/ˈbɜːtɪˌlɒn; French bɛrtijɔ̃/
a system formerly in use for identifying persons, esp criminals, by means of a detailed record of physical characteristics
Word Origin
C19: named after Alphonse Bertillon (1853–1914), French criminal investigator
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