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biometric characteristic

Any distinguishing characteristics of an individual that can be measured and extracted from a biometric sample for the purpose of biometric identification. Biometric characteristics may include a fingerprint, signature, voice pattern, ear form, DNA or other distinguishing characteristic.

See "Defend Yourself Against Identity Theft" in the "Did You Know..." section of Webopedia.
See also "How Biometrics Security Works" in the "Did You Know..." section of Webopedia
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Also see "How Fingerprint Scanners Work" in the "Did You Know..." section of Webopedia
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