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[kawr-muh n, kohr-] /ˈkɔr mən, ˈkoʊr-/
noun, plural corpsmen.
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
1940-45, Americanism; corps + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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
  • He tried to speak, and must have stirred; the corpsman's voice sharpened.

    Time and Time Again Henry Beam Piper
  • "The corpsman said you wanted to ask me some things," he said.

    Uniform of a Man Dave Dryfoos
  • The corpsman straightened up and turned to Walters and Captain Strong.

    Treachery in Outer Space Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  • Don't you believe a corpsman should use all his abilities in his service?

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • Then a beefy arm appeared from nowhere and struck the corpsman a chopping blow at the base of the skull.

    The Unprotected Species Melvin Sturgis
  • They would know that if Hanlon was still a corpsman his death would be most thoroughly investigated.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
British Dictionary definitions for corpsman


noun (pl) -men
(US, military) a medical orderly or stretcher-bearer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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