Definition of water doctor in English:

water doctor

Pronunciation /ˈwɔːtə ˌdɒktə/


  • 1 historical A physician or other practitioner who advocates the consumption or external application of water; (in later use) specifically a practitioner administering the water cure, a hydropathist.

  • 2 historical, derogatory A person who diagnoses illness on the basis of the visual inspection of urine, a uroscopist; (more generally) a medical quack.


Mid 18th century. From water + doctor.