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biometric template

A biometric template (also called template) is a digital reference of distinct characteristics that have been extracted from a biometric sample. Templates are used during the biometric authentication process.

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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