Meaning of doctor fish in English:

doctor fish


  • A small fish of a kind used in fish pedicures to remove dead or calloused skin.

    Garra rufa or Cyprinion macrostomus

    ‘Ho was skeptical at first about the fish, which are called garra rufa but typically known as doctor fish.’
    • ‘So, would you allow hundreds of tiny doctor fish to nibble on your feet?’
    • ‘He traveled all the way to China to learn the art of using these tiny garra rufa or doctor fish, to eat the dead skin off your feet.’
    • ‘The toothless fish, termed garra rufa but known as "doctor fish", nibble away at dead skin while leaving healthy flesh untouched, providing what advocates say is a natural alternative to potentially unsanitary razors, clippers or pumice stones.’