or Med·e·vac, med·i·vac
- a helicopter for evacuating the wounded from a battlefield.
- an ambulance or other vehicle equipped for emergency transport of medical patients.
- any of the trained personnel transporting or otherwise tending to the sick or wounded in a medevac.
- to transport (sick or wounded persons) by medevac.
Origin of medevac
1965–70, Americanism; med(ical) evac(uation); presumably by ellipsis from medevac helicopter
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- military the evacuation of casualties from forward areas to the nearest hospital or base
- a helicopter used for transporting wounded or sick people to hospital
- (tr) to transport (a wounded or sick person) to hospital by medevac
C20: from med (ical) evac (uation)
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Word Origin and History for medevac
1966, U.S. military, formed from elements of medical evacuation.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Air transport of persons to a place where they can receive medical or surgical care; medical evacuation.
- A helicopter or other aircraft used for such transport.
- To transport a patient to a place where medical care is available.
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