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[der-mat-uh-glif-iks, dur-muh-tuh-] /dərˌmæt əˈglɪf ɪks, ˌdɜr mə tə-/
(used with a plural verb) the patterns of ridges on the inner surface of the hands and feet.
(used with a singular verb) the science dealing with the study of these patterns.
Origin of dermatoglyphics
1925-30; dermato- + Greek glýph(ein) to carve + -ics
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dermatoglyphic, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for dermatoglyphics


plural noun
the lines forming a skin pattern, esp on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet
(functioning as sing) the study of such skin patterns
Word Origin
C20: from dermato- + Greek gluphē a carving; see glyph
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dermatoglyphics in Medicine

dermatoglyphics der·ma·to·glyph·ics (dûr'mə-tō-glĭf'ĭks)

  1. The patterns of lines and ridges on the skin of the fingertips, palms, and soles, used to establish the identity of individuals or as an indicator of chromosomal abnormalities.

  2. The study of such patterns.

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