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[puh-dahy-uh-tree, poh-] /pəˈdaɪ ə tri, poʊ-/
the care of the human foot, especially the diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders.
Also called chiropody.
Origin of podiatry
1910-15; pod- + -iatry
Can be confused
pediatrics, podiatry. Unabridged
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another word for chiropody
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podiatric (ˌpəʊdɪˈætrɪk) adjective
podiatrist, 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

podiatry po·di·a·try (pə-dī'ə-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. Also called chiropody, podiatric medicine.

po'di·at'ric (pō'dē-āt'rĭk) adj.
po·di'a·trist n.
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