Doctor fish

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(Zool.) any fish of the genus Acanthurus; the surgeon fish; - so called from a sharp lancetlike spine on each side of the tail. Also called barber fish. See Surgeon fish.
- G. Eliot.

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There are also all the empty shops on the fringes of the town centres, formerly garra rufa fish foot spas (remember that craze?
During a session, a person immerses his/her feet in a tank of warm water and lets the minute, toothless Garra rufa fish nibble away the dead and hardened skin.
A couple of stories about the risk of infection and garra rufa salons were history.
You can also get garra rufa fish massage as well as foot and back massage at the Iygeia Fish Spa located inside the waterpark.
The treatment takes place when feet are introduced into a tank of water that is filled with hundreds of freshwater fish, called Garra Rufa, or popularly known as doctor fish.
At its entrance is a garra rufa fish pedicure, which is implausibly popular.
Fish pedicures Last month, the Health Protection Agency warned consumers that these trendy pedicures, where tiny Garra Rufa fish nibble away hard skin, could potentially spread deadly diseases.
They were told that the reggae singer initially enquired about the treatment, which involves tiny Garra Rufa fish nibbling at the feet to exfoliate them.
Around 120 small Garra Rufa fish then spend their time munching and sucking on dry skin on the feet.
Questions have been raised in recent months over the beauty craze which sees customers place their feet in tanks of water containing dozens of tiny Garra Rufa fish which nibble on dead skin.
Coventry has just got its first couple of spas offering what has become the latest beauty craze - which sees customers place their feet in tanks of water containing dozens of tiny Garra Rufa fish which nibble on dead skin for a novelty pedicure.
The beauty craze using garra rufa fish has been banned in some US states.