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[med-uh-vak] /ˈmɛd əˌvæk/
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), medevacked, medevacking.
to transport (sick or wounded persons) by medevac.
Also, Medevac, medivac.
Origin of medevac
1965-70, Americanism; med(ical) evac(uation); presumably by ellipsis from medevac helicopter Unabridged
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Examples from the web for medevac
  • The single-runway airport is privately owned, but it accepts charter flights, medevac flights or helicopters.
  • For medevac payments covering medical costs, see a and b above.
  • Weather, aircraft, or ship availability all are factors in the amount of time it takes for a medevac to occur.
  • For medevac crews, there are missions, and the space in between.
  • The ground levelled off at a baseball diamond, the spot where the helicopter had landed for the medevac.
  • Still, he gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until the medevac helicopter arrived.
British Dictionary definitions for 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, -vacked
(transitive) to transport (a wounded or sick person) to hospital by medevac
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

medevac med·e·vac (měd'ĭ-vāk')

  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.

v. med·e·vaced, med·e·vac·ing, med·e·vacs
To transport a patient to a place where medical care is available.
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