1. A mold, as of a footprint, made for use in a criminal investigation.
2. The making of such a mold or cast, as with plaster of Paris.
3. A model of a body part, especially a diseased or injured body part, used for educational purposes.
4. The use of materials such as molded latex body parts or theatrical makeup to simulate injuries or diseases on a volunteer or dummy, as for use in training emergency response teams.
[French, from earlier mollage, fee for inspection of wood by use of a standard frame, from Old French molle, mold; see MOLD1.]
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