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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Example sentences
There was a paramedic present who checked my racing pulse and warned me about adrenaline rush.
Usually, one paramedic drives while the other monitors the patient's vital signs and gives additional care as needed.
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