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dermatoglyphics

[ der-mat-uh-glif-iks, dur-muh-tuh- ]
/ dərˌmæt əˈglɪf ɪks, ˌdɜr mə tə- /
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noun
(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.
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Origin of dermatoglyphics

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

OTHER WORDS FROM dermatoglyphics

der·mat·o·glyph·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dermatoglyphics

dermatoglyphics
/ (ˌdɜːmətəʊˈɡlɪfɪks) /

pl n
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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