noun, plural dac·ty·lol·o·gies.

the technique of communicating by signs made with the fingers, especially in the manual alphabets used by the deaf.


Nearby words

  1. dactylic,
  2. dactylitis,
  3. dactylo-,
  4. dactylogram,
  5. dactylography,
  6. dactylomegaly,
  7. dactyloscopy,
  8. dactylus,
  9. dad,
  10. dad and dave

Origin of dactylology

First recorded in 1650–60; dactylo- + -logy

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British Dictionary definitions for dactylology


noun plural -gies

the method of using manual sign language, as in communicating with deaf people
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Medicine definitions for dactylology




The use of the fingers and hands to communicate and convey ideas, as in the manual alphabet used by hearing-impaired and speech-impaired people.

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