anthropometry

/aenSrapomatriy/
In criminal law and medical jurisprudence, the measurement of the human body. A system of measuring the dimensions of the human body, both absolutely and in their proportion to each other, the facial, cranial, and other angles, the shape and size of the skull, etc., for purposes of comparison with corresponding measurements of other individuals, and serving for the identification of the subject in cases of doubtful or disputed identity. It was largely adopted after its introduction in France in 1883, but fell into disfavor as being costly and as liable to error. It has given place to the "finger print" system devised by Francis Galton and to such identification procedures as DNA testing.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • Anthropometry — An thro*pom e*try, n. [Gr. ? man + mercy.] Measurement of the height and other dimensions of human beings, especially at different ages, or in different races, occupations, etc. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anthropometry — (n.) 1839, acquaintance with the dimensions of the parts of the human body, from ANTHROPO (Cf. anthropo ) + METRY (Cf. metry). Perhaps modeled on Fr. anthropometrie …   Etymology dictionary

  • anthropometry — [an΄thrō päm′ə trē, an΄thrəpäm′ə trē] n. a branch of anthropology dealing with measurement of the human body to determine differences in individuals, groups, etc.: it is used in medicine, space programs, archaeology, etc. anthropometric… …   English World dictionary

  • Anthropometry — Illustration from The Speaking Portrait (Pearson s Magazine, Vol XI, January to June 1901) demonstrating the principles of Bertillon s anthropometry. Anthropometry (Greek anthropos (άνθρωπος man ) and metron (μέτρον measure ) therefore… …   Wikipedia

  • anthropometry — anthropometric /an threuh peuh me trik, poh /, anthropometrical, adj. anthropometrically, adv. anthropometrist, n. /an threuh pom i tree/, n. the measurement of the size and proportions of the human body. [1830 40; ANTHROPO + METRY] * * * ▪ …   Universalium

  • anthropometry — antropometrija statusas T sritis Kūno kultūra ir sportas apibrėžtis Žmogaus kūno matavimas, vienas svarbiausių antropologijos metodų. Skiriama somatometrija (viso kūno matavimas), cefalometrija (galvos matavimas), kraniometrija (kaukolės… …   Sporto terminų žodynas

  • anthropometry — noun Etymology: French anthropométrie, from anthrop + métrie metry Date: circa 1839 the study of human body measurements especially on a comparative basis • anthropometric adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anthropometry — noun /ænθrəʊˈpɒmɪtrɪ/ The science of measuring the human body in order to ascertain the average dimensions of the human form at different ages, and in different divisions of race, class etc …   Wiktionary

  • anthropometry — The branch of anthropology concerned with comparative measurements of the human body. [anthropo + G. metron, measure] * * * an·thro·pom·e·try päm ə trē n, pl tries the study of human body measurements esp. on a comparative basis… …   Medical dictionary

  • anthropometry — n. measurement of the human body and its proportions (Anthropology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • anthropometry — [ˌanθrə pɒmɪtri] (also anthropometrics) noun the scientific study of the measurements and proportions of the human body. Derivatives anthropometric adjective …   English new terms dictionary

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