[ ki-rop-uh-dist, kahy- or, often, shuh- ]
/ kɪˈrɒp ə dɪst, kaɪ- or, often, ʃə- /


a podiatrist.

Nearby words

  1. chiromegaly,
  2. chiron,
  3. chironomid,
  4. chiroplasty,
  5. chiropodalgia,
  6. chiropody,
  7. chiropractic,
  8. chiropractic medicine,
  9. chiropractor,
  10. chiropter

Origin of chiropodist

First recorded in 1775–85; chiro- + -pod + -ist

Can be confusedchiropodist chiropractor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for chiropodist



1785, from chiro- "hand" + pod-, stem of Greek pous "foot" (see foot (n.)) + -ist. Probably coined by Canadian-born U.S. healer Daniel Palmer (1845-1913); originally they treated both hands and feet. A much-maligned word among classicists, who point out it could mean "having chapped feet" but probably doesn't, and in that case it is an etymological garble and no one can say for sure what it is meant to signify. Related: Chiropody.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper