Definition of Fingerprinting

1. Noun. The procedure of taking inked impressions of a person's fingerprints for the purpose of identification.

Generic synonyms: Procedure, Process
Derivative terms: Fingerprint

Definition of Fingerprinting

1. Verb. (present participle of fingerprint) ¹

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Definition of Fingerprinting

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Medical Definition of Fingerprinting

1. The basic principle of the technique is to digest a large molecule with a sequence specific hydrolase to produce moderate size fragments that can then be run on an electrophoresis gel. Provided the hydrolase only cleaves at specific sites (e.g. Between particular amino acids or bases) then the fragments should be characteristic of that molecule. The technique can be used to distinguish strains of virus or to differentiate between similar but nonidentical proteins (peptide mapping). Not to be confused with footprinting. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fingerprinting

fingerprint analysis
fingerprint expert
fingerprint man
fingerprint specialist
fingerprinting (current term)
fingers crossed

Literary usage of Fingerprinting

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1. State Responses to Serious & Violent Juvenile Crime by Patricia Torbet, Richard Gable, Imogene Montgomery (1997)
"Centralized Repository of Juvenile Record Histories/fingerprinting and ... Proponents of fingerprinting argue that fingerprinting ensures accuracy in ..."

2. SEC and CFTC Penalties: Continued Progress Made in Collection Efforts, But by Richard J. Hillman (2006)
"In our 2003 report, we also recommended that CFTC work with SEC and the SROs to address weaknesses in fingerprinting procedures to ensure that only ..."

3. Science of Fingerprints: Classification and Uses (1988)
"... CHAPTER XI Problems and Practices in fingerprinting the Dead Each year new graves are opened in potter's fields all over the United States. ..."

4. The Information Universe: Issues in Informing Science and Information by Informing Science Institute, Eli Cohen, Ed. (2006)
"The passive OS fingerprinting technique is based on analysing the information ... In contrast to active fingerprinting with tools such as Nmap (Nmap, 1998), ..."

5. Health, U. S., 1993: The Annual National Report on Health by DIANE Publishing Company (1994)
"... CHAPTER XI Problems and Practices in fingerprinting the Dead Euch year new graves are opened in potter's fields all over the United States. ..."

6. Report of the National Task Force on Criminal History Record Disposition ... (1993)
"The following model reporting provisions affect fingerprinting (Section 1), reporting of criminal history record information (Section 2), sanctions (Section ..."

7. Computer Generated Check Fraud: Hearing Before the Committee Banking and edited by Michael N. Castle (2000)
"However, fingerprinting also assists prosecution of check fraud artists. ... In Texas, one of the first states to adopt fingerprinting, check fraud ..."

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