Volume : 4
Issue : 1
Online ISSN : 2394-2126
Print ISSN : 2394-2118
Article First Page : 68
Article End Page : 70
Background: “Cheiloscopy” is a technique that deals with lip prints. The pattern of fine creases on the lips are unique to the individual. They are similar to finger prints and useful in crime investigation.
Aims and Objectives: To study the uniqueness, prevalence, and gender significance of lip print patterns in human subjects.
Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on 100 randomly selected male and female undergraduate medical students. The lip print of each subject was obtained and its pattern was analyzed according to Suzuki and Tsuchihashi classification.
Results: The study showed that Type I lip pattern was the commonest.
Conclusion: Our study has added to confirmation of the distinctiveness of cheiloscopy, which can be used as an additional tool for identification. Studies on lip prints being very scanty, our findings add significantly to the meager literature on this subject. Further in-depth studies to establish prevalence of patterns in lip prints will certainly help as useful evidence in forensic investigations.
Keywords: Lip Prints, Cheiloscopy, Identification, Forensic Dentistry, Unique