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[ped-i-kyoo r] /ˈpɛd ɪˌkyʊər/
professional care and treatment of the feet, as removal of corns and trimming of toenails.
a single treatment of the feet.
a podiatrist.
Origin of pedicure
1835-45; < French pédicure. See pedi-, cure
Related forms
pedicurist, noun Unabridged
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  • Clients' hands and feet shall be cleaned with soap and water or a waterless sanitizer before beginning a nail or pedicure service.
British Dictionary definitions for pedicure


professional treatment of the feet, either by a medical expert or a cosmetician
Word Origin
C19: via French from Latin pēs foot + curāre to care for
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Word Origin and History for pedicure

1839, "one whose business is surgical care of feet" (removal of corns, bunions, etc.), from French pédicure, from Latin pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)) + curare "to care for," from cura (see care). In reference to the treatment itself, attested from 1890; specifically as a beauty treatment, from 1900.

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