der·​ma·​to·​glyph·​ics | \ ˌdər-mə-tə-ˈgli-fiks How to pronounce dermatoglyphics (audio) \

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 \ ˌdər-​mə-​tə-​ˈgli-​fik How to pronounce dermatoglyphic (audio) \ 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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“Dermatoglyphics.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dermatoglyphics. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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der·​ma·​to·​glyph·​ics | \ ˌdər-mət-ə-ˈglif-iks How to pronounce dermatoglyphics (audio) \

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 How to pronounce dermatoglyphic (audio) \ adjective

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