noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: dermat- + Greek glyphein to carve + English -ics — more at cleave Date: 1926 1. skin patterns; especially patterns of the specialized skin of the inferior surfaces of the hands and feet 2. the science of the study of skin patterns • dermatoglyphic adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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