corps·​man | \ ˈkȯr(z)-mən \

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

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So on the first anniversary of the crash this month, a team of 30 Marine raiders and special amphibious reconnaissance Navy corpsmen undertook an 11-day, 900-mile ruck march from the crash site in Mississippi back to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Fox News, "Psychologist says Americans are suffering from 'Trump Anxiety Disorder'," 31 July 2018 When the bombing stopped, Somes and the corpsman emerged to see where they would be needed. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis nurse was an 'Angel of Anzio'," 27 Feb. 2018 Both young men become hospital corpsmen for Marine ground units, a vital and dangerous position that takes them to a ferociously violent corner of Iraq known as Anbar. Matt Gallagher, WSJ, "‘The Fighters’ Review: An Honest Reckoning," 16 Aug. 2018 Schwartz is a strength, conditioning and nutrition coach at All Fit in Orlando, as well as a former U.S. Navy hospital corpsman and combat medic who served four years with the Marines during operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike Candelaria,, "Got 5 minutes? You have time to exercise," 11 July 2018 There is a doctor aboard one of the destroyers and hospital corpsmen aboard both., "June 9, 1967: Israeli attack hits U.S. Ship," 9 June 2018 Palmer is a hospital corpsman assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. CBS News, "Parents of missing Hawaii-based Navy sailor Shaun Palmer get text from his phone," 4 July 2018 Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Estrada is a hospital corpsman with the squadron operating out of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dusty Good, Houston Chronicle, "Rosenberg native serves in award-winning Navy Riverine Squadron," 21 June 2018 Company President Hernan Luis y Prado, 47, a former Navy hospital corpsman, founded the training program in 2008 with the hope of growing it to 1,500 manufacturing specialists per year and duplicating the program across the country. Roger Showley,, "Expect some pain before gain in trade war, says Trump's SBA chief," 20 June 2018

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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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corps·​man | \ ˈkō(ə)r(z)-mən, ˈkȯ(ə)r(z)- \
plural corpsmen\ -​mən \

Medical Definition of corpsman

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

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