Forensic Science Vocabulary Flashcards

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Luminol and Hemident are _____ which can identify blood in a crime scene. It's even possible to identify it if it has been cleaned.
Chemicals
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Advances in science have allowed investigators to attain useful DNA samples even from very small or _____ specimens.
Degraded
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The ability to decode DNA has made it possible to identify a suspect through these five things.
Hair, skin cells, semen, blood, and saliva
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It was in the 1980s that scientists were finally able to decode human _____, marking another major advancement in the field.
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
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Dactylography
The use of fingerprints as a way to identify a person. It's the method which replaced anthropometry and it tends to be successful because everyone has different fingerprints.
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Anthropometry
A scientific study involving measuring and documenting parts of the human body. In the criminal justice field, people use measurements and proportions to identify people involved in a crime.
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While medical exams have been used to determine cause of death for a long time, science didn't become a way to investigate crimes and identify criminals until the mid to late _____.
1800s
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Forensic science can establish a connection to a crime or a crime _____.
Scene
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Forensic science has many purposes, including proving elements of a crime and verifying or discrediting victim or _____ statements.
Suspect
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Cold cases
An unsolved case which may date back many years. New testing methods are being used to solve some of these cases.
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Today _____ methods are increasingly being used to solve criminal cases which can not be solved solely through old-fashioned detective methods.
Scientific
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Forensic science
Any science used within the criminal justice system.
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This flashcard set will help you check your knowledge on the subject of forensic science including its purpose and ways it is used. Forensic science has been used to investigate and solve many different crimes. The cards also touch on different subfields such as forensic psychology and forensic anthropology. While the field has been around for a while, new advancements in technology continually expand the abilities of various forensic scientists. Today the field is featured in many popular television shows include Bones and Law and Order.

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Forensic science
Any science used within the criminal justice system.
Today _____ methods are increasingly being used to solve criminal cases which can not be solved solely through old-fashioned detective methods.
Scientific
Cold cases
An unsolved case which may date back many years. New testing methods are being used to solve some of these cases.
Forensic science has many purposes, including proving elements of a crime and verifying or discrediting victim or _____ statements.
Suspect
Forensic science can establish a connection to a crime or a crime _____.
Scene
While medical exams have been used to determine cause of death for a long time, science didn't become a way to investigate crimes and identify criminals until the mid to late _____.
1800s
Anthropometry
A scientific study involving measuring and documenting parts of the human body. In the criminal justice field, people use measurements and proportions to identify people involved in a crime.
Dactylography
The use of fingerprints as a way to identify a person. It's the method which replaced anthropometry and it tends to be successful because everyone has different fingerprints.
It was in the 1980s that scientists were finally able to decode human _____, marking another major advancement in the field.
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
The ability to decode DNA has made it possible to identify a suspect through these five things.
Hair, skin cells, semen, blood, and saliva
Advances in science have allowed investigators to attain useful DNA samples even from very small or _____ specimens.
Degraded
Luminol and Hemident are _____ which can identify blood in a crime scene. It's even possible to identify it if it has been cleaned.
Chemicals
Forensic science can assist investigators to locate, or even _____ a crime scene.
Recreate
Blood spatter analysis
The interpretation of bloodstains. It's a technique which can be used to interpret or recreate a crime scene based on characteristics (like size and shape) of the blood present.
Luminol
A chemical which will produce a blue glow when it comes into contact with blood and some other bodily fluids.
Through microscopic evaluation, science can also link evidence to its _____. Examples include matching a bullet to the gun from which it originated or matching a piece of tape to its roll.
Source
Any time a person uses a _____ as a way to collect or analyze evidence, they are using forensic science.
Scientific method
Forensic Anthropology
An analysis of bones as a way to solve criminal cases.
Forensic Odontology
Also known as forensic dentistry, this term refers to the examination and analysis of dental evidence to assist in solving a crime.
Forensic Psychologist
A psychologist who plays a role in the criminal justice system by evaluating criminals' competency to stand trial, profiling criminals, and/or interviewing suspects and witnesses.
Medical Examiners or Coroners
People who examine post-mortem bodies in order to determine manner and cause of death. They may also be called forensic medical examiners.
Firearms or ballistics experts
People who collect and analyze ballistics evidence. Examples of their work include matching a bullet or shell casing to a gun
Forensic Biologists
These individuals examine crime scenes and analyze organic matter they retrieve. They are able to extract and decode DNA from this evidence. Their reports may be used in court.
Chemists (or toxicologists)
In the criminal justice realm, these scientists make evaluations to determine what chemicals, such as poisons are present in a body or crime scene.

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