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[ki-rop-uh-dist, kahy- or, often, shuh-] /kɪˈrɒp ə dɪst, kaɪ- or, often, ʃə-/
a podiatrist.
Origin of chiropodist
1775-85; chiro- + -pod + -ist
Can be confused
chiropodist, chiropractor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Shows name and address of chiropodist, date of certificate, and remarks.
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
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