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dactylology

[dak-tuh-lol-uh-jee]
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noun, plural dac·ty·lol·o·gies.
  1. the technique of communicating by signs made with the fingers, especially in the manual alphabets used by the deaf.
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Origin of dactylology

First recorded in 1650–60; dactylo- + -logy
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  • So long as this is true, dactylology can hardly claim to be more than one of the elements of a system of instruction for the deaf.

    Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XXI., No. 531, March 6, 1886

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British Dictionary definitions for dactylology

dactylology

noun plural -gies
  1. the method of using manual sign language, as in communicating with deaf people
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dactylology in Medicine

dactylology

(dăk′tə-lŏlə-jē)
n.
  1. 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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