corps·​man | \ ˈkȯr(z)-mən How to pronounce corpsman (audio) \

Definition of corpsman

1 : an enlisted man trained to give first aid and minor medical treatment
2 : a member of a government-sponsored service corps

Examples of corpsman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jeffrey Priela, a Navy hospital corpsman at Camp Pendleton and an avid Star Wars fan, wore his full stormtrooper armor during a 10-kilometer ruck — which is a fast march carrying weight — to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy corpsman hits the road in stormtrooper gear to raise money," 30 Aug. 2020 Roberts had trained as a medical corpsman in the Navy. Les Payne, The New Yorker, "The Day Malcolm X Was Killed," 27 Aug. 2020 Christopher Gnem was going to be married soon, according to a Facebook post by his fiancee, a fellow Navy corpsman. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "9 troops killed in Marine amphibious transport accident ranged in age from 18 to 23," 3 Aug. 2020 Until a Navy corpsman stepped in and didn’t give up. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Thank you, veterans? Yes. But let’s thank their families, too.," 11 Nov. 2019 Derek Buitrago, a Navy hospital corpsman, lived at Fort Meade for two-and-a-half years with his wife, Sandy, and their two young children. Washington Post, "Military families decry 'outrageous’ mold-infested housing at Fort Meade," 12 Nov. 2019 Three years ago, an earlier Marine inquiry found that Private First Class Harold Schultz and not Navy corpsman John Bradley had helped raise the flag., "In announcing the correction, the Marine Corps praised Gagnon for his service on Iwo Jima.," 18 Oct. 2019 During his stint as a Navy hospital corpsman stationed in Long Beach, Calif., the Queens native studied with professors flown in each weekend from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "CAA's Mark Cheatham on Racism In the Music Biz, Cardi B's Authenticity and Why Agents Are Still Crucial," 18 Oct. 2019 All were Marines except for Bradley, who was a Navy corpsman. Washington Post, "Marines correct ID of second man who raised flag at Iwo Jima," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of corpsman

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corpsman

corps + man entry 1 (originally short for hospital corpsman, member of the Hospital Corps in the U.S. army and navy)

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The first known use of corpsman was in 1900

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8 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Corpsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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corps·​man | \ ˈkō(ə)r(z)-mən, ˈkȯ(ə)r(z)- How to pronounce corpsman (audio) \
plural corpsmen\ -​mən How to pronounce corpsmen (audio) \

Medical Definition of corpsman

: a military enlisted person trained to give first aid and minor medical treatment

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