Bertillon system


Ber·​til·​lon system ˈbər-tə-ˌlän- How to pronounce Bertillon system (audio) ˈber-tē-ˌyōⁿ- How to pronounce Bertillon system (audio)
: a system for identifying persons based on bodily measurements, photographs, and notation of data (such as markings, color, and thumb line impressions)

Word History


Alphonse Bertillon †1914 French criminologist

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bertillon system was in 1888

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“Bertillon system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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