Bertillon system(redirected from Bertillonage)
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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 The Bertillon system was superseded by the more accurate procedure of fingerprinting.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)
(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)
a system of identifying persons by a record of individual body measurements and peculiarities.
[1895–1900; after Alphonse Bertillon (1853–1914), French anthropologist]