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dermatoglyphics

[ der-mat-uh-glif-iks, dur-muh-tuh- ]

noun

  1. (used with a plural verb) the patterns of ridges on the inner surface of the hands and feet.
  2. (used with a singular verb) the science dealing with the study of these patterns.


dermatoglyphics

/ ˌdɜːmətəʊˈɡlɪfɪks /

plural noun

  1. the lines forming a skin pattern, esp on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet
  2. functioning as singular the study of such skin patterns


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Other Words From

  • der·mato·glyphic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dermatoglyphics1

1925–30; dermato- + Greek glýph ( ein ) to carve + -ics

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dermatoglyphics1

C20: from dermato- + Greek gluphē a carving; see glyph

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