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DNA fingerprinting

noun
1.
the use of a DNA probe for the identification of an individual, as for the matching of genes from a forensic sample with those of a criminal suspect.
Also called genetic fingerprinting.
Origin of DNA fingerprinting
1985-1990
First recorded in 1985-90
Related forms
DNA fingerprint, noun
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DNA fingerprinting in Medicine

DNA fingerprinting n.
A method used to identify multilocus DNA banding patterns that are specific to an individual by exposing a sample of the person's DNA to molecular probes and various analytical techniques such as Southern blot analysis.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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DNA fingerprinting in Science
DNA fingerprinting  
The use of a sample of DNA to determine the identity of a person within a certain probability. DNA fingerprinting is done by analyzing repeating patterns of base pairs in DNA sequences that are known to vary greatly among individuals.
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DNA fingerprinting in Culture

DNA fingerprinting definition


A technique by which the DNA of an individual can be compared with that found in a sample or another individual. It differs from DNA sequencing in that it compares only a few features of two strands of DNA.

Note: DNA fingerprinting is accepted as evidence in criminal trials, as well as in courts for establishing paternity and in identifying remains.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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