Meaning of criminalistics

crim•i•nal•is•tics

Pronunciation: (krim"u-nl-is'tiks), [key]
— n. (used with a sing. v.)
  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.
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