dermatoglyphics

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dermatoglyphics

(ˌdɜːmətəʊˈɡlɪfɪks)
pl n
1. (Anatomy) the lines forming a skin pattern, esp on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet
2. (Anatomy) (functioning as singular) the study of such skin patterns
[C20: from dermato- + Greek gluphē a carving; see glyph]

der•mat•o•glyph•ics

(dərˌmæt əˈglɪf ɪks, ˌdɜr mə tə-)

n.
1. (used with a pl. v.) the ridged patterns on the fingers, palms of the hands, toes, and soles of the feet.
2. (used with a sing. v.) the study of these patterns.
[1925–30; dermato- + Greek glýph(ein) to carve + -ics]
der•mat`o•glyph′ic, adj.

dermatoglyphics

1. the patterns of ridges of skin on the fingers and palm and the bottoms of the feet.
2. the study dealing with these patterns. — dermatoglyphic, adj.
See also: Skin
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Noun1.dermatoglyphics - the study of the whorls and loops and arches in the fingertips and on the palms of the hand and the soles of the feet; "some criminologists specialize in dermatoglyphics"
bioscience, life science - any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms