noun, verb (used with object), med·i·vacked, med·i·vack·ing.

Nearby words

  1. medium-scale integration,
  2. medium-sized,
  3. mediumistic,
  4. mediums,
  5. medius,
  6. medlar,
  7. medlars,
  8. medley,
  9. medley relay,
  10. medline


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.

verb (used with object), med·e·vacked, med·e·vack·ing.

to transport (sick or wounded persons) by medevac.

Origin of medevac

1965–70, Americanism; med(ical) evac(uation); presumably by ellipsis from medevac helicopter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for medivac


noun, verb

-vacs, -vacking or -vacked a variant spelling of medevac



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

verb -vacs, -vacking or -vacked

(tr) to transport (a wounded or sick person) to hospital by medevac

Word Origin for medevac

C20: from med (ical) evac (uation)

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Word Origin and History for medivac


1966, U.S. military, formed from elements of medical evacuation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for medivac




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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