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criminalistics

[ krim-uh-nl-is-tiks ]
/ ˌkrɪm ə nlˈɪs tɪks /
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noun (used with a singular verb)

the scientific study and evaluation of physical evidence in the commission of crimes.
the science dealing with the detection of crime and the apprehension of criminals.

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Origin of criminalistics

First recorded in 1945–50; criminalist + -ics
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