Study of lip prints


T Saraswathi
Gauri Mishra
K Ranganathan


The external surface of lips has many elevations and depressions forming a characteristic pattern called lip prints, examination of which is known as cheiloscopy. The lip prints are unique and distinguishable for every individual like fingerprints. The use of lip prints for human identification was first suggested in 1950 and researches were carried out in 1960s and early 1970s, resuming in the last few years. The present study was aimed to study the lip prints of different individuals in different parts of the lip and find out the incidence of any particular pattern in the given age group. Although lip prints identification has been utilized in the court in isolated cases, more researches need to be conducted in this field with regards to confirmation of uniqueness, and the collection and interpretation of evidence.


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T Saraswathi, Gauri Mishra, & K Ranganathan. (2009). Study of lip prints. Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences, 1(1), 28–31.


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