bertillonage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French; from the name of the inventor, Alphonse Bertillon

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): / bɛɹtijɔˈnaʒ /
  • Hyphenation: ber‧til‧lon‧age

Noun[edit]

bertillonage (uncountable)

  1. Originally, a system for the identification of criminals making use of anthropometric measurements — including head size, arm span, scars, distinguishing features and the like. The usage has been extended to encompass a means of identification of racing greyhounds.