corps·​man ˈkȯr(z)-mən How to pronounce corpsman (audio)
: an enlisted man trained to give first aid and minor medical treatment
: a member of a government-sponsored service corps

Examples of corpsman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Idaho's official policy requires candidates for an execution medical team to have at least three years of experience in jobs such as an emergency medical technician, nurse, military corpsman or physician's assistant. Bill Chappell, NPR, 6 Mar. 2024 Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag over the island in February 1945 became an indelible image of the war for the American public. Mike Ives, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 After graduating high school, Mr. Pinkney trained as an X-ray technician and served in the Navy as a hospital corpsman. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 The special tells the story of Beau Rodriguez, a veteran who served as a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman for two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. William Earl, Variety, 3 Nov. 2022 The dead included 11 Marines, one Navy corpsman and one Army soldier. Courtney Kube, NBC News, 25 Apr. 2023 The death toll from the blasts includes 11 U.S. Marines, a Navy hospital corpsman, and another service member whose branch was not immediately identified, American officials said. Katie Wadington, USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2021 Keynote speaker John Kickham Jr. served in Vietnam as a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 5 May 2022 Pena is described in a campaign email as a California native who completed high school in New Mexico, became a Navy hospital corpsman assigned to Okinawa, Japan, owns a business and earned a political science degree from the University of New Mexico in 2021. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 17 Jan. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of corpsman was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Corpsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


corps·​man ˈkō(ə)r(z)-mən How to pronounce corpsman (audio)
: an enlisted man trained to give first aid

Medical Definition


plural corpsmen -mən How to pronounce corpsman (audio)
: a military enlisted person trained to give first aid and minor medical treatment
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