Cummins, Harold School of Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Last reviewed:September 2021
- Ridge patterns
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- Pattern variability
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A feature in humans and other animals in which the skin and its appendages are arranged in designs. Anatomical structures that display integumentary patterns include skin (Fig. 1), scales, hairs, and feathers, as well as the epidermal ridges of the fingers, palms, and feet. In its common usage, integumentary patterns refer to the configurations of epidermal ridges, collectively named dermatoglyphics. Dermatoglyphics are characteristic of primates. See also: Epidermal ridges; Feather; Hair; Primate; Scale (zoology); Skin
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