Evaluation and Comparison of Lip Print Patterns Among Indians, Chinese and Malay

Rao, Bharath and Srinivasan, Sam Raj and Natarajan, Madhumitha (2014) Evaluation and Comparison of Lip Print Patterns Among Indians, Chinese and Malay. Orthodontics. pp. 16-18.

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Objective:To evaluate and compare the lip print patterns among Indian, Chinese and Malay population. Background: Cheiloscopy is an important tool used in forensic odontology for the identification of an individual. As lip prints are unique to an individual they can be used as evidence when obtained from the crime scene. They are mostly seen in cases of murder, rapes, and burglaries. Lip prints have the same value as dactyloscopic traces. Lip prints show variations between sex, twins and also races. The purpose of this study was to compare lip print patterns among subjects of Indian, Chinese and Malay origin. Materials and methods: The study was conducted on 185 students of Melaka Manipal Medical College of the Manipal University. The subjects were from 3 different races comprising of 61 individuals of Chinese, 63 of Malay and 61 of Indian origin. Lip stick was applied uniformly with the help of a lipstick application brush and were then recorded by means of a cellophane tape that was placed over the upper and lower lip. The scotch tape was then stuck to a white bond paper as permanent record with details of the subjects mentioned on it. The Pearson’s Chi-square test was used to analyze the data. Results: The lip print patterns were compared among individuals of the three ethnic races. Pearson Chi-square test indicated that there was statistical significance between ethnicity and the lip print pattern Conclusion: The present study establishes that there is no similarity of lip prints from one individual to another of different ethnic races. More studies are to be done to further ascertain the most predominant lip print patterns among the Indian, Chinese and Malay population

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cheiloscopy; Lip prints; Indian; Chinese; Malay; Forensic
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Orthodontics
Dentistry > MMMC Melaka
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2014 06:53
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2014 06:53
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/139348

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