1 [med-ik]
a member of a military medical corps; corpsman.
a doctor or intern.
a medical student.

1650–60; < Latin medicus; see medical Unabridged


2 [med-ik]
any plant belonging to the genus Medicago, of the legume family, having trifoliate leaves and grown as a forage crop.
Also, medick.
Compare alfalfa, bur clover.

1400–50; late Middle English medike < Latin mēdica < Greek (póa) Mēdikḗ literally, Median (grass) Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
medic1 (ˈmɛdɪk)
informal a doctor, medical orderly, or medical student
[C17: from medical]

medic2 (ˈmɛdɪk)
the usual US spelling of medick

medick or (US) medic (ˈmɛdɪk)
any small leguminous plant of the genus Medicago, such as black medick or sickle medick, having yellow or purple flowers and trifoliate leaves
[C15: from Latin mēdica, from Greek mēdikē (poa) Median (grass), a type of clover]
medic or (US) medic
[C15: from Latin mēdica, from Greek mēdikē (poa) Median (grass), a type of clover]

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Word Origin & History

1659, "physician, medical student," from L. medicus "physician" (see medical); modern sense of "serviceman in a military medical corps" first recorded 1925.
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Medical Dictionary

medic med·ic (měd'ĭk)

  1. A member of a military medical corps.

  2. A physician or surgeon.

  3. A medical student or intern.

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Example sentences
Failure to distinguish between the two techniques is confusing for the non medic reading this article.
But a local medic explains that after being cooked at the right temperature the
  crow meat is absolutely safe to eat.
He could hear his friends yelling for a medic and saying that he was dead.
After seeing the base medic, he began taking anti-motility drugs.
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