para-medic

paramedic

1 [par-uh-med-ik]
noun
a person who is trained to assist a physician or to give first aid or other health care in the absence of a physician, often as part of a police, rescue, or firefighting squad.

Origin:
1950–55, Americanism; para-1 + medic1

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paramedic

2 [n. par-uh-med-ik, par-uh-med-; adj. par-uh-med-ik]
noun
1.
Military. a medic in the paratroops.
2.
a doctor who parachutes into remote areas to give medical care.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to a paramedic or to paramedics.

Origin:
1950–55, Americanism; para-3 + medic1

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paramedic or paramedical (ˌpærəˈmedɪk)
 
n
1.  a person, such as a laboratory technician, who supplements the work of the medical profession
2.  a member of an ambulance crew trained in a number of life-saving skills, including infusion and cardiac care
 
adj
3.  of or designating such a person
 
paramedical or paramedical
 
n
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

paramedic
"medical technician," 1970, back-formation from paramedical (adj.) "related to medicine in an auxiliary capacity" (1921), from para- + medical. The meaning "medical corpsman who parachutes" is 1951 from para(chute) + medic.
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paramedic par·a·med·ic (pār'ə-měd'ĭk)
n.
A person who is trained to give emergency medical treatment or assist medical professionals.

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