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Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Year : 2019, Volume : 13, Issue : 4
First page : ( 47) Last page : ( 52)
Print ISSN : 0973-9122. Online ISSN : 0973-9130.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0973-9130.2019.00259.7

The Study of Lip Prints in Relation to Gender and Facial form among Third Year Students in a Dental Institution

Kelasi Pamella Sylvia Ann1, Gheena S2,*

1Undergraduate Student, Department of Oral Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, India

2Reader, Department of Oral Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, India

*Corresponding author Dr. Gheena S, Reader, Department of Oral Pathology, Saveetha Dental College Saveetha University, 162, Poonamalle High Road, 600077, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, E-mail: gheena_ranjith@yahoo.co.in, Phone number: +919884033777

Online published on 27 November, 2019.



Cheiloscopy is the study of lip prints. The wrinkles and grooves on labial mucosa called as sulci labiorum form a characteristic pattern called ‘lip prints’. It is usually used in forensic investigation. Gender and face shape classification from lip print is an important procedure in forensic anthropology in order to identify the gender of a criminal, their face shape type and narrow down the scope of suspects search. Each individual has a unique lip print hence this can be useful for identification.


To correlate between the type of lip prints in relation to gender and facial form among third year students in Saveetha Dental College.


The study group comprised of 25 females and 25 males. The materials used were lipstick, white bond paper, cellophane tape and a brush for applying the lipstick. The data obtained will be analysed on the lip print pattern and its correlation to the face shape and gender


The most common type of lip print for both females and males are type 1 lip print. As for face shape, round face shape is most common in females, meanwhile square and heart face shape is most common in male population.


There is no correlation between face shape, type of lip print and gender. Further study should be done to demonstrate a more accurate reason with wider field of population.



Cheiloscopy, Lip, Print, Facial, Form.


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