DNA fingerprinting

noun

: a technique used especially for identification (as for forensic purposes) by extracting and identifying the base-pair pattern in an individual's DNA

called also DNA typing

DNA fingerprint noun

Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of DNA fingerprinting was in 1984

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“DNA fingerprinting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/DNA%20fingerprinting. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

DNA fingerprinting

noun
: a method of identification (as for forensic purposes) by determining the unique pattern of a person's DNA
DNA fingerprint noun

Medical Definition

DNA fingerprinting

noun
: a technique used especially for identification (as for forensic purposes) by extracting and identifying the base-pair pattern of an individual's DNA

called also DNA typing, genetic fingerprinting

Legal Definition

DNA fingerprinting

noun
ˌdē-ˌen-ˈā-
: a method of identification especially for evidentiary purposes by analyzing and comparing the DNA from tissue samples
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