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[kawr-muh n, kohr-] /ˈkɔr mən, ˈkoʊr-/
noun, plural corpsmen.
U.S. Navy. an enlisted person working as a pharmacist or hospital assistant.
U.S. Army. an enlisted person in the Medical Corps who accompanies combat troops into battle to give first aid, carry off the wounded, etc.
a member of any corps, as of the Peace Corps.
Origin of corpsman
An Americanism dating back to 1940-45; corps + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As he remembered the stories, though, corpsmen seemed to appear from nowhere when there was serious trouble.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole
  • Our own Army doctors were at once incorporated in this improvised hospital's staff, with corpsmen assigned to duty in its wards.

    The Greater Love

    George T. McCarthy
  • Another yell of triumph came from the corpsmen, and Hanlon felt a thrill of pride in the Service of which he was a part.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
British Dictionary definitions for corpsmen


noun (pl) -men
(US, military) a medical orderly or stretcher-bearer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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