Definition of dermatoglyphics in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdərmətəˈɡlifiks/ Pronunciation: /dərˌmatə-/

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The study of skin markings or patterns on fingers, hands, and feet, and its application, especially in criminology.
Example sentences
  • The following physical features were noted: cleft lip and palate, overlapping fingers, low-set ears, simian creases, obscure dermatoglyphics, and hypoplastic external genitalia.
  • I invite all of those skeptics to read one of my latest works on the field and become introduced to the scientific study of hand appearances, called dermatoglyphics.
  • Thus, for the twins concordant for sexual orientation, the null hypothesis that there are no differences in dermatoglyphics between twins cannot be rejected.



Pronunciation: /dərˈmatəˌɡlif/
Example sentences
  • This is an article that goes into great detail about dermatoglyphs, fingerprints and character traits.
  • Those dermatoglyphs are found in Chimpanzees, classifiable into whorls, arches and loops just like humans.
  • Some relevant aspects of the digital dermatoglyphs are analysed from both palmar and plantar anatomical regions.


Example sentences
  • Since this type of dermatoglyphic model is based on an analysis of genetically identical individuals (monozygotic twins), it provides a marker for prenatal environmental causality independent of genetic causality.
  • Some of the factors (including differences in testosterone level) which are associated with intrauterine stress are also associated with dermatoglyphic asymmetry in humans and captive primates.
  • But further studies have to be done with a larger sample size in order to evaluate the significance of these variations in the dermatoglyphic features in the oral cleft individuals.


Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Through this method, a dermatoglyphic exam could prevent the Down Syndrome and sustain prophylaxis, in the process of identification of the mosaic or balanced translocated Trisomia 21 carriers, that are mostly normal phenotyphically, but stigmatized dermatoglyphically.
  • Nevertheless, an account of the construction of discriminants for distinguishing some well-known clinical types, dermatoglyphically, may be of interest.
  • A total of 549 epileptic children and 162 healthy children were studied dermatoglyphically.


1920s: from dermato- 'skin' + Greek gluphikos 'carved' (from gluphē 'carving').

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Syllabification: der·mat·o·glyph·ics

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