medevac

[med-uh-vak]
noun
1.
a helicopter for evacuating the wounded from a battlefield.
2.
an ambulance or other vehicle equipped for emergency transport of medical patients.
3.
any of the trained personnel transporting or otherwise tending to the sick or wounded in a medevac.
verb (used with object), medevacked, medevacking.
4.
to transport (sick or wounded persons) by medevac.
Also, Medevac, medivac.


Origin:
1965–70, Americanism; med(ical) evac(uation); presumably by ellipsis from medevac helicopter

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medevac (ˈmɛdɪˌvæk)
 
n
1.  military the evacuation of casualties from forward areas to the nearest hospital or base
2.  a helicopter used for transporting wounded or sick people to hospital
 
vb , -vacs, -vacking, -vacked
3.  (tr) to transport (a wounded or sick person) to hospital by medevac
 
[C20: from med(ical) evac(uation)]

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medevac
1966, U.S. military, formed from elements of medical evacuation.
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medevac med·e·vac (měd'ĭ-vāk')
n.

  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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Example sentences
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.
Still, he gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until the medevac helicopter arrived.
Weather, aircraft, or ship availability all are factors in the amount of time it takes for a medevac to occur.
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