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criminalistics

[krim-uh-nl-is-tiks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the scientific study and evaluation of physical evidence in the commission of crimes.
  2. 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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