Bertillon system

Ber·​til·​lon system | \ ˈbər-tə-ˌlän- How to pronounce Bertillon system (audio) , ˈber-tē-ˌyōⁿ- How to pronounce Bertillon system (audio) \

Definition of Bertillon system

: a system for identifying persons based on bodily measurements, photographs, and notation of data (such as markings, color, and thumb line impressions)

First Known Use of Bertillon system

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Bertillon system

Alphonse Bertillon †1914 French criminologist

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“Bertillon system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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