[ dak-tuh-log-ruh-fee ]
/ ˌdæk təˈlɒg rə fi /


the study of fingerprints for purposes of identification.

Origin of dactylography

First recorded in 1880–85; dactylo- + -graphy

Related forms

dac·ty·log·ra·pher, noundac·ty·lo·graph·ic [dak-tuh-luh-graf-ik] /ˌdæk tə ləˈgræf ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dactylographer

  • In this country the feet do not afford a favourable field of study to the dactylographer.

    Dactylography|Henry Faulds

British Dictionary definitions for dactylographer


/ (ˌdæktɪˈlɒɡrəfɪ) /


mainly US the scientific study of fingerprints for purposes of identification

Derived Forms

dactylographer, noundactylographic (dækˌtɪləˈɡræfɪk), adjective
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Medicine definitions for dactylographer


[ dăk′tə-lŏgrə-fē ]


The study of fingerprints as a method of identification.
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