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[par-uh-med-ik] /ˌpær əˈmɛd ɪk/
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.
1950-55, Americanism; para-1 + medic1


[n. par-uh-med-ik, par-uh-med-; adj. par-uh-med-ik] /n. ˌpær əˈmɛd ɪk, ˈpær əˌmɛd-; adj. ˌpær əˈmɛd ɪk/
Military. a medic in the paratroops.
a doctor who parachutes into remote areas to give medical care.
of or pertaining to a paramedic or to paramedics.
1950-55, Americanism; para-3 + medic1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for paramedics
  • Never do anything you wouldn't want to explain to the paramedics.
  • He was noted to have been in cardiac arrest by the paramedics who attended him at his house.
  • Soldiers opened fire without much restraint, even at paramedics trying to bring out the wounded.
  • Soldiers shot back without much restraint, even at paramedics trying to bring out the wounded.
  • Doctors and paramedics pose one set of problems, patients and clients another.
  • But paramedics were eventually called in and hauled my poor friend out on a stretcher.
  • On the record, paramedics earlier this week rushed the star to the hospital for undisclosed reasons.
  • Police and paramedics use an array of dashboard devices, a boon for their jobs that also presents a clear risk.
British Dictionary definitions for paramedics


a person, such as a laboratory technician, who supplements the work of the medical profession
a member of an ambulance crew trained in a number of life-saving skills, including infusion and cardiac care
of or designating such a person
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Word Origin and History for paramedics
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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paramedics in Medicine

paramedic par·a·med·ic (pār'ə-měd'ĭk)
A person who is trained to give emergency medical treatment or assist medical professionals.

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Encyclopedia Article for paramedics

paramedical personnel

health-care workers who provide clinical services to patients under the supervision of a physician. The term generally encompasses nurses, therapists, technicians, and other ancillary personnel involved in medical care but is frequently applied specifically to highly trained persons who share with physicians the direct responsibility for patient care. This category includes nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, and emergency medical technicians. These paramedical workers perform routine diagnostic procedures, such as the taking of blood samples, and therapeutic procedures, such as administering injections or suturing wounds; they also relieve physicians of making routine health assessments and taking medical histories. Paramedical training generally prepares individuals to fill specific health-care roles and is considerably less comprehensive than the education required of physicians.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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