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Bertillon system

n.
A system formerly used for identifying persons by means of a detailed record of body measurements, physical description, and photographs. The Bertillon system was superseded by the more accurate procedure of fingerprinting.

[After Alphonse Bertillon.]

Bertillon system

(ˈbɜːtɪˌlɒn; French bɛrtijɔ̃)
n
(Historical Terms) a system formerly in use for identifying persons, esp criminals, by means of a detailed record of physical characteristics. Also called: bertillonage
[C19: named after Alphonse Bertillon (1853–1914), French criminal investigator]

Ber′til•lon sys`tem

(ˈbɜr tiˌyɔ̃)
n.
a system of identifying persons by a record of individual body measurements and peculiarities.
[1895–1900; after Alphonse Bertillon (1853–1914), French anthropologist]
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Noun1.Bertillon system - a system or procedure for identifying persons
procedure, process - a particular course of action intended to achieve a result; "the procedure of obtaining a driver's license"; "it was a process of trial and error"
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