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dermatoglyphics

der·ma·to·glyph·ics

dermatoglyphics

pronunciation:
duhr m to glI fihks
part of speech: plural noun
definition 1: the patterns of skin ridges on the palm of the hand and sole of the foot.
definition 2: (used with a sing. verb) the scientific study of these ridges, as for diagnostic purposes.
derivation: dermatoglyphic (adj.)