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Dermatoglyphics in dentistry: A review

Dara Balaji Gandhi Babu, Shaik Mohammed Asif


Dermatoglyphics, coined by Cummins and Midlo in 1926, is a branch of genetics dealing with the skin ridge system. They have been studied for fortune telling by palmists and as a definitive and unalterable tool for identification by forensic experts. From cradle to grave, until the body decomposes fingerprints remain unchanged. In many respects, it has been used as an adjunct to other disciplines, serving as a vehicle to resolve broader biomedical problems. Dermatoglyphics can be a good diagnostic adjuvant for identification of various genetic disorders, oral diseases, and helpful in forensic science.


Dermatoglyphics; genetic disorders; oral diseases

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