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[puh-dahy-uh-tree, poh-]
  1. the care of the human foot, especially the diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders.
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Origin of podiatry

First recorded in 1910–15; pod- + -iatry
Also called chiropody.
Can be confusedpediatrics podiatry
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Examples from the Web for podiatry

Historical Examples

  • Used in podiatry, as an antiseptic, as a disinfectant and as an anesthetic.

    Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry

    Maximilian Stern

  • A Fissure is a crack and in podiatry, has special reference to a condition found in the toeweb.

British Dictionary definitions for podiatry


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

Word Origin

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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podiatry in Medicine


  1. 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
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Related formspo′di•atric (pō′dē-ătrĭk) adj.po•dia•trist n.
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