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The integumentary patterns on the surface of the fingertips, palms, and soles.
The study of these patterns.



a branch of human morphology that studies the skin relief of the palms and soles, where the skin is covered with patterns of numerous ridges (papillary lines). Ridges and patterns are also found in simians, lemurs, and certain other mammals. The ridges are linear thickenings both within and on the surface of the epidermis. They begin to develop in the human fetus by the third month, but they do not appear on the surface of the skin until the 18th week. The papillary lines and patterns do not change with age, nor are they affected by surrounding conditions. They exhibit considerable individual variability; many of their particular features are transmitted by heredity.

The results of dermatoglyphics are therefore used widely in criminology, forensic medicine (in cases of disputed paternity), and clinical medicine (for early diagnosis of certain chromosomal diseases). Extensive study of skin patterns has revealed right-left, sexual, and territorial differences, which are used in anthropology, for example, to detect kinship between various human groups and to study the bilateral symmetry of the body. Skin patterns are also used in comparative anatomical studies of man and the primates and in anthropological genetics (familial and twin studies).


Gladkova, T. D. Kozhnye uzory kisti i stopy obez’ian i cheloveka. Moscow, 1966.
Cummins, H. and C. Midlo. Finger Prints, Palms, and Soles [2nd ed.]. New York, 1961.


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Dermatoglyphic patterns have been utilised as a diagnostic tool in disorders which could be either gross chromosomal or localised genetic.
Distinct dermatoglyphic features are associated with clinical disorders like congenital heart disease, congenital cataract, chromosomal abnormalities like Down syndrome and genetic disorders like De Lange syndrome.
Finger prints, palms and soles an introduction to dermatoglyphics.
Objective of this study is to find out whether there are any statistical significant changes in the palmar dermatoglyphics patterns of the [beta]-thalassemia major patients in comparison with normal subjects.
So an attempt has been made to study Dermatoglyphic patterns in pulmonary tuberculosis and to compare them with normal individuals.
Therefore taking into consideration, the genetic predisposition of dermatoglyphic characteristics in cleft lip and cleft palate, the study was undertaken to find out correlation between them, so that it may prove helpful in the diagnosis of disease and its pattern of inheritance.
INTRODUCTION: Dermatoglyphics (Fingerprint) is a collective term for all the integumentary features, inclusive of dermal ridge and thick configurational arrangements on the digits, palms and sole excluding flexion creases and other secondary folds.
Boroffice RA (1978 Aug): 'Digital dermatoglyphic patterns in a sample of the Nigerian population.
Various dermatoglyphic studies of patients suffering from different congenital disorders and disease such as diabetes, Leukemia, Leprosy, Bronchial asthma and various cancers etc.
Dermatoglyphic studies of myocardial infarction patients Hum Hered 1978; 28:16.
Comparative Dermatoglyphic Study between Autistic Patients and Normal People in Iran.
Skeletal anomalies, short stature, postnatal developmental retardation, mental retardation, and dermatoglyphic findings are among other common features (1).