Definition 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.’