International Journal of Anatomy and Research

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Type of Article: Original Research

Year: 2016 | Volume 4 | Issue 2 | Page No. 2212-2215

Date of Publication: 30-04-2016



Bindurani MK *1, Kavyashree A.N 2, Lakshmi Prabha Subhash 3.

1 Department of Anatomy, Sri Siddhartha Medical College, Agalkote, Tumakuru, Karnataka, India.

2 Department of Anatomy, Sri Siddhartha Medical College, Agalkote, Tumakuru, Karnataka, India.

3 Department of Anatomy, Sri Siddhartha Medical College, Agalkote, Tumakuru, Karnataka, India.

Address: Dr. Bindhurani MK, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Sri Siddhartha Medical College, B.H.Road, Agalkote, Tumakuru, Karnataka 527107, India.


Introduction: Identification of human remains is an important part of any medicolegal investigation. Among the primary parameters of identification like race, sex, age and stature, determination of sex is one of the foremost criteria in establishing the identity of an individual It is a challenging task for forensic experts and physical anthropologists. The human hand being  the most used and versatile part of the  body is of great scientific importance to investigators in the field of anthropometry.
Aim: The aim of present study is to correlate sexual dimorphism with hand dimensions.
Materials and Methods: Present study included analyzing  measurements of hand length, hand breadth and hand index amongst 304  students, aged between 20-22 years. The data were statistically analyzed using Statistical software Epi info 3.4.3.
Results: In the present study there was no significant bilateral variation for measurements of hand length and hand breadth in both sexes except for hand breadth in south males (P value<0.01). The mean values of hand dimensions and hand index were more in males than in females in both north and south Indian  population.There was no significant bilateral variation of hand index in both sexes of different regions.
Conclusion: The present study confirms sexual dimorphism in hand dimensions. Hence hand dimensions can also be used in Sex determination in medico legal aspects.
Key words: Hand index, Hand length, Hand breadth, Sexual dimorphism.


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Bindurani MK *, Kavyashree A.N, Lakshmi Prabha Subhash. SEXUAL DIMORPHISM ON METRIC EVALUATION OF HAND DIMENSIONS. Int J Anat Res 2016;4(2):2212-2215. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2016.180




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