- (used with a plural verb) the patterns of ridges on the inner surface of the hands and feet.
- (used with a singular verb) the science dealing with the study of these patterns.
Origin of dermatoglyphics
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- the lines forming a skin pattern, esp on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet
- (functioning as singular) the study of such skin patterns
Word Origin for dermatoglyphics
C20: from dermato- + Greek gluphē a carving; see glyph
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- The patterns of lines and ridges on the skin of the fingertips, palms, and soles, used to establish the identity of individuals or as an indicator of chromosomal abnormalities.
- The study of such patterns.
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