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or Med·e·vac, med·i·vac

  1. a helicopter for evacuating the wounded from a battlefield.
  2. an ambulance or other vehicle equipped for emergency transport of medical patients.
  3. any of the trained personnel transporting or otherwise tending to the sick or wounded in a medevac.
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verb (used with object), med·e·vacked, med·e·vack·ing.
  1. to transport (sick or wounded persons) by medevac.
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Origin of medevac

1965–70, Americanism; med(ical) evac(uation); presumably by ellipsis from medevac helicopter
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British Dictionary definitions for medevac


  1. military the evacuation of casualties from forward areas to the nearest hospital or base
  2. a helicopter used for transporting wounded or sick people to hospital
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verb -vacs, -vacking or -vacked
  1. (tr) to transport (a wounded or sick person) to hospital by medevac
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Word Origin

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.

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medevac in Medicine


  1. Air transport of persons to a place where they can receive medical or surgical care; medical evacuation.
  2. A helicopter or other aircraft used for such transport.
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  1. To transport a patient to a place where medical care is available.
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