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(forensic science)
The scientific study of fingerprints as a device for identifyingpeople.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



finger writing on any flat suitable surface. It is an effective aid in communication between any literate person and a deaf, or blind and deaf, interlocutor without the use of special means such as dactylology, Braille, or gestures. In communications with a blind and deaf person, the words are traced with the finger on his palm in ordinary letters; if a literate blind and deaf person is unable to speak, he also writes his message either on his interlocutor’s palm or on any other convenient surface, such as a book cover, a table surface, or a board.

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