dermatoglyphics

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(dər mat′ə glifiks, dûr′mə tə-)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
der•mat•o•glyph•ics  (dər mat′ə glifiks, dûr′mə tə-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. (used with a pl. v.) the patterns of ridges on the inner surface of the hands and feet.
  2. (used with a sing. v.) the science dealing with the study of these patterns.
der•mat′o•glyphic, adj. 
  • dermato- + Greek glýph(ein) to carve + -ics 1925–30

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