[kawr-muh n, kohr-]

noun, plural corps·men.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for corpsman

practitioner, surgeon, intern, doctor, doc

Examples from the Web for corpsman

Historical Examples of corpsman

  • "The corpsman said you wanted to ask me some things," he said.

    Uniform of a Man

    Dave Dryfoos

  • Don't you believe a Corpsman should use all his abilities in his service?

    Man of Many Minds

    E. Everett Evans

  • He tried to speak, and must have stirred; the corpsman's voice sharpened.

    Time and Time Again

    Henry Beam Piper

  • The corpsman straightened up and turned to Walters and Captain Strong.

    Treachery in Outer Space

    Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman

  • The corpsman indicated the big cadet's hands, skinned and swollen from his labor in the mines.

    Treachery in Outer Space

    Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman

British Dictionary definitions for corpsman


noun plural -men

US military a medical orderly or stretcher-bearer
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