Definition of DNA fingerprinting in English:

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DNA fingerprinting

Pronunciation: /ˌdē ˌen ˈā ˈfiNGɡərˌprin(t)iNG/
(also DNA profiling)


The analysis of DNA from samples of body tissues or fluids in order to identify individuals.
Example sentences
  • A group of scientists feel that much of this man's data appears unreasonable, particularly the DNA fingerprinting used to match DNA samples.
  • This work laid the foundations for the whole of the biotech industry: without it, DNA fingerprinting and genetic screening would be mere science fiction.
  • In this issue, two further examples are discussed where knowledge of genome size may be important; namely DNA fingerprinting and quantitative genetics.

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Syllabification: DNA fin·ger·print·ing

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