Bertillon systemBertillon system
a system of identifying people, esp. criminals, through records of body measurements, markings, coloring, etc., used before fingerprinting was adopted
Origin of Bertillon systemafter A. Bertillon (1853-1914), French criminologist who developed it
A system formerly used for identifying persons by means of a detailed record of body measurements, physical description, and photographs. The Bertillon system was superseded by the more accurate procedure of fingerprinting.
Origin of Bertillon systemAfter Alphonse Bertillon.