noun (used with a singular verb)
the scientific study and evaluation of physical evidence in the commission of crimes.
the science dealing with the detection of crime and the apprehension of criminals.

1945–50; criminalist + -ics Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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