an expert in the use of scientific methods to investigate crimes, specif. by collecting and analyzing physical evidence; forensic investigator
Origin of criminalistfrom Classical Latin criminalis, criminal + -ist: origin, originally , a person or writer learned in criminal law
A specialist in the collection and examination of the physical evidence of crime.
criminalist - Legal Definition
One who collects and scientifically analyzes the physical evidence of crimes, through such techniques as ballistic testing and tissue analysis, to try to determine what happened when the crime was committed. See also criminologist.