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  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.
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Origin of paramedic1

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55; para-1 + medic1


[noun par-uh-med-ik, par-uh-med-; adjective par-uh-med-ik]
  1. Military. a medic in the paratroops.
  2. a doctor who parachutes into remote areas to give medical care.
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  1. of or relating to a paramedic or to paramedics.
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Origin of paramedic2

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



  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
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  1. of or designating such a person
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Word Origin and History for paramedic


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

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paramedic in Medicine


  1. A person who is trained to give emergency medical treatment or assist medical professionals.
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