criminalistics

[krim-uh-nl-is-tiks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
1.
the scientific study and evaluation of physical evidence in the commission of crimes.
2.
the science dealing with the detection of crime and the apprehension of criminals.

Origin:
1945–50; criminalist + -ics

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