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Pronunciation: der'ma-to-glif'iks


  1. The configurations of the characteristic ridge patterns of the volar surfaces of the skin; in the human hand, the distal segment of each digit has three types of configurations: whorl, loop, and arch.
  2. The science or study of these configurations or patterns.

[dermato- + glyphe, carved work]

See Also: fingerprint

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