- An impression of the inked bulb of the distal phalanx of a finger, showing the configuration of the surface ridges, used as a means of identification.
- Term, sometimes used informally, referring to any analytic method applicable to making fine distinctions between similar compounds or gel patterns, the pattern of an infrared absorption curve or of two-dimensional paper chromatograph.
- In genetics, the analysis of DNA fragments to determine the identity of a person or the paternity of a child.
Synonym(s): genetic fingerprint
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