crim·​i·​nal·​is·​tics | \ ˌkri-mə-nə-ˈli-stiks How to pronounce criminalistics (audio) , ˌkrim-nə-ˈli-\

Definition of criminalistics

: application of scientific techniques in collecting and analyzing physical evidence in criminal cases

First Known Use of criminalistics

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for criminalistics

criminal entry 1 + -ist entry 1 + -ics

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The first known use of criminalistics was in 1910

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crim·​i·​nal·​is·​tics | \ ˌkri-mə-nə-ˈlis-tiks How to pronounce criminalistics (audio) \

Legal Definition of criminalistics

: application of scientific techniques in collecting and analyzing physical evidence in criminal cases

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