Cummins, Harold School of Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Minute corrugations of the skin. They compose a sculpturing, termed dermatoglyphics, which characterizes the palmar and plantar surfaces of humans and the nonhuman primates. These areas lack hair and sebaceous (oil) glands, but sweat glands are numerous. In certain kinds of monkeys, a portion of the undersurface of the tail bears similarly specialized skin.
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