[ puh-dahy-uh-tree, poh- ]
/ pəˈdaɪ ə tri, poʊ- /


the care of the human foot, especially the diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders.

Nearby words

  1. podgorny,
  2. podgorny, nikolai viktorovich,
  3. podgy,
  4. podiatric medicine,
  5. podiatrist,
  6. podite,
  7. poditic,
  8. podium,
  9. podo-,
  10. podocarpus

Origin of podiatry

First recorded in 1910–15; pod- + -iatry

Also called chiropody.

Can be confusedpediatrics podiatry

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British Dictionary definitions for podiatry


/ (pɒˈdaiətrɪ) /


another word for chiropody
Derived Formspodiatric (ˌpəʊdɪˈætrɪk), adjectivepodiatrist, noun

Word Origin for podiatry

C20: from Greek pous foot

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Word Origin and History for podiatry



1914, formed from Greek pod-, stem of pous "foot" (see foot (n.)) + iatreia "healing," from iatros "physician" (see -iatric). An attempt to supplant chiropody (see chiropodist) and distance the practice from the popular impression of unskilled corn-cutters. The National Association of Chiropodists changed its name to American Podiatry Association in 1958. Related: Podiatric; podiatrist.

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Medicine definitions for podiatry


[ pə-dīə-trē ]


The branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and medical, surgical, mechanical, physical, and adjunctive treatment of the diseases, injuries, and defects of the foot.chiropody podiatric medicine
Related formspo′di•atric (pō′dē-ătrĭk) adj.po•dia•trist n.

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