Definition of dermatoglyphics in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdəːmətə(ʊ)ˈɡlɪfɪks/

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.



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.


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

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