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cheirognomy, chirognomy
1. The alleged art or science of estimating character by inspection of the hand; "palm reading".
2. The art of judging character by the shape and appearance of the hand.

The ostensible diagnosis based on the overall shape of hands, the shapes of parts of the hand (palms, fingers, and nails), the size of the mounts (cushions) of the palm, and skin texture. For example, small, flat nails supposedly indicate a predisposition to heart disease, particularly if their "moons" are barely visible; and nails with furrows allegedly indicate weakness of the lungs, especially if the nails are long, wide, and curved.

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