What does dermatoglyphics mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term dermatoglyphics:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dermatoglyphics(noun)

    the study of the whorls and loops and arches in the fingertips and on the palms of the hand and the soles of the feet

    "some criminologists specialize in dermatoglyphics"


  1. dermatoglyphics(Noun)

    the patterns of loops, arches and whorls on the skin of the fingers and feet.

  2. dermatoglyphics(Noun)

    the study of such patterns


  1. dermatoglyphics

    Dermatoglyphics is the scientific study of the patterns on human fingers, palms, toes and soles. These patterns, which are unique to every individual, include fingerprints, palm prints, and footprints. They are formed in early development stages and remain unchanged throughout a person's life. The term was coined by Harold Cummins in 1926, and is derived from the Greek words for skin (derma) and carving (glyph). The study of these patterns can be used in various disciplines, such as genetics, anthropology, and medicine.


  1. Dermatoglyphics

    Dermatoglyphics is the scientific study of fingerprints. The term was coined by Dr. Harold Cummins, the father of American fingerprint analysis, even though the process of fingerprint identification had already been in use for several hundred years. All primates have ridged skin. It can also be found on the paws of certain mammals, and on the tails of some monkey species. In humans and animals, dermatoglyphs are present on fingers, palms, toes and soles. This helps shed light on a critical period of embryogenesis, between four weeks and five months, when the architecture of the major organ systems is developing. The word dermatoglyphics comes from two Greek words and refers to the friction ridge formations which appear on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Characteristically, hair does not grow from this area. The ridging formations serve well to enhance contact, an area of multiple nerve endings and aids in the prevention of slippage. People of African ancestry display reduced skin pigmentation in the designated locations. All studies of the dermal ridge arrangements including genetics, anthropology and Egyptology are classified under the term dermatoglyphics.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Dermatoglyphics

    The study of the patterns of ridges of the skin of the fingers, palms, toes, and soles.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dermatoglyphics in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dermatoglyphics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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