[par-uh-med-i-kuh l]


related to the medical profession in a secondary or supplementary capacity.

Origin of paramedical

First recorded in 1920–25; para-1 + medical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for paramedical

"related to medicine in an auxiliary capacity," 1908, from para- (1) + medical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for paramedical




Of, relating to, or being a person trained to give emergency medical treatment or assist medical professionals.
Relating to the medical profession in an adjunctive capacity, especially to the allied health fields.
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