der·ma·to·glyph·ics | \ˌdər-mə-tə-ˈgli-fiks \

Definition of dermatoglyphics 

1 : skin patterns especially : patterns of the specialized skin of the inferior surfaces of the hands and feet

2 : the science of the study of skin patterns

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dermatoglyphic \-fik \ adjective

First Known Use of dermatoglyphics

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dermatoglyphics

dermat- + Greek glyphein to carve + English -ics — more at cleave

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The first known use of dermatoglyphics was in 1926

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der·ma·to·glyph·ics | \ˌdər-mət-ə-ˈglif-iks \

Medical Definition of dermatoglyphics 

1 : skin patterns especially : patterns of the specialized skin of the inferior surfaces of the hands and feet

2 : the science of the study of skin patterns

Other Words from dermatoglyphics

dermatoglyphic \-ik \ adjective

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