International Journal of Anatomy and Research

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Type of Article: Original Research

Year: 2016 | Volume 4 | Issue 2 | Page No. 2273-2276

Date of Publication: 31-05-2016



ArunKumar KR *1, Manoranjitham. R 2, Shalini R 3, Ravivarman. C 4.


*1 Assistant Professor, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College & Hospital, Siruvachur, Perambalur, Tamil Nadu, India.

2 Professor, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College & Hospital, Siruvachur, Perambalur, Tamil Nadu, India.

3 Assistant Professor, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College & Hospital, Siruvachur, Perambalur, Tamil Nadu, India.

4 Post Graduate MDS, Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, Adhiparasakthi Melmaruvathur Dental College, Melmaruvathur, Tamil Nadu, India.

Address: Dr. ArunKumar KR, Assistant Professor, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College & Hospital, Siruvachur, Perambalur– 621 113, Tamil Nadu, India.


Background: The study of fingerprint patterns in palms and soles is called as Dermatogyphics. Fingerprint patterns are unique for different individuals and remain unchanged throughout one’s life. Fingerprints form the most reliable criteria for identification of individual in criminology. The dermatoglyphics has become significant for the clinicians in recent years owing to its diagnostic value. Although many studies have been conducted in the dermatoglyphic patterns, details of distribution of fingerprints in individual digits are very few. So the present study has been carried out to observe the distribution of fingerprints in different digits in males and females.
Materials and Methods: Fingerprints of 600 students of Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan medical college and hospital, Perambalur, South India were taken using the ink method.
Results: The incidence of loops, whorls and arches were 59.4%, 33.9% and 6.7% respectively in both males and females. Whorls were higher on the ring finger, loops were more on the little finger and arches were higher on the index finger.
Conclusion: Though different patterns show preferences in different fingers, bilateral variations and significant sexual dimorphism could not be established.
KEY WORDS: Dermatoglyphic, fingerprints, dermal ridges, sexual dimorphism.


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ArunKumar KR, Manoranjitham. R, Shalini R, Ravivarman. C. STUDY OF FINGERPRINT PATTERNS AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTS. Int J Anat Res 2016;4(2):2273-2276. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2016.194




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