|“||[f]riction ridge characteristics that are used to individualize a fingerprint. Minutiae occur at points where a single friction ridge deviates from an uninterrupted flow. Deviation may take the form of ending, bifurcation, or a more complicated "composite" type.||”|
- ↑ Biometrics Identity Management Agency, Biometrics Glossary, at 45 (Ver. 5) (Oct. 2010) (full-text).