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date: 22 November 2019

accidental characteristics 

Source:
A Dictionary of Forensic Science
Author(s):

Suzanne Bell

Physical markings and features in a material that are acquired by wear or by some accidental or other non-repeatable circumstance during manufacture. Tyre treads, bullets, shoe soles, plastic bags, glass, and a host of other materials of forensic interest can acquire accidental characteristics when they are manufactured. For example, glass that is made by pouring molten material into a mould may develop bubbles which would be considered an accidental characteristic.... ...

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