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paramedic1

[par-uh-med-ik] /ˌpær əˈmɛd ɪk/
noun
1.
a person who is trained to assist a physician or to give first aid or other health care in the absence of a physician, often as part of a police, rescue, or firefighting squad.
Origin of paramedic1
1950-1955
An Americanism dating back to 1950-55; para-1 + medic1

paramedic2

[noun par-uh-med-ik, par-uh-med-; adjective par-uh-med-ik] /noun ˌpær əˈmɛd ɪk, ˈpær əˌmɛd-; adjective ˌpær əˈmɛd ɪk/
noun
1.
Military. a medic in the paratroops.
2.
a doctor who parachutes into remote areas to give medical care.
adjective
3.
of or relating to a paramedic or to paramedics.
Origin
An Americanism dating back to 1950-55; para-3 + medic1
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  • I looked where he was pointing, thinking I'd see a cop or an paramedic, but there was no one there.

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British Dictionary definitions for paramedic

paramedic

/ˌpærəˈmedɪk/
noun
1.
a person, such as a laboratory technician, who supplements the work of the medical profession
2.
a member of an ambulance crew trained in a number of life-saving skills, including infusion and cardiac care
adjective
3.
of or designating such a person
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Word Origin and History for paramedic
n.

"medical technician," 1970, back-formation from paramedical. The meaning "medical corpsman who parachutes" is 1951 from para(chute) + medic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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paramedic in Medicine

paramedic par·a·med·ic (pār'ə-měd'ĭk)
n.
A person who is trained to give emergency medical treatment or assist medical professionals.

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