the study of fingerprints for purposes of identification.

Origin of dactylography

First recorded in 1880–85; dactylo- + -graphy
Related formsdac·ty·log·ra·pher, noundac·ty·lo·graph·ic [dak-tuh-luh-graf-ik] /ˌdæk tə ləˈgræf ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of dactylographer

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


    Henry Faulds

British Dictionary definitions for dactylographer



mainly US the scientific study of fingerprints for purposes of identification
Derived Formsdactylographer, noundactylographic (dækˌtɪləˈɡræfɪk), adjective
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dactylographer in Medicine




The study of fingerprints as a method of identification.
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