Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The identification of individuals by means of examination of the lines on the tips of the fingers: a method employed for the identification of criminals, records of impressions of fingertips being kept for this purpose.

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  • noun The forensic analysis and comparison of fingerprints as a means of identification of individuals

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (daktylos, "finger") + σκοπέω (skopeō, "I look at").

Examples

  • John Silbert Hemming had neglected to tell her that dactyloscopy powder didn't come off.

    Mistress of Justice

  • "Any of you who are familiar with the ancient science of dactyloscopy will recognize this thumb as having the ridge-pattern known as a 'twin loop.'

    Time Crime

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