[ dak-tuh-lol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌdæk təˈlɒl ə dʒi /

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.


Origin of dactylology

First recorded in 1650–60; dactylo- + -logy
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British Dictionary definitions for dactylology


/ (ˌdæktɪˈlɒlədʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

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


[ dăk′tə-lŏlə-jē ]


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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