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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Eleven Marines and one Navy corpsman, often referred to as a medic, died in the blasts, The Associated Press reported. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2021 Rodney spent five years as a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman, working with post-surgical patients and postpartum mothers at the Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Oct. 2022 The American son of a German Danish Navy corpsman and a Japanese mother, he was born on a U.S. hospital ship in Japan. Thomas Curwenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2022 Strachan started his career in the Navy as a hospital corpsman but left on a medical discharge after a surgery gone awry. Jaimie Ding, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2022 Outside the gates, the melee turned deadlier when, five days before the deadline, a suicide bomb detonated at Abbey Gate, killing 11 marines, an Army soldier, a Navy corpsman, and 170 Afghan civilians. Michael Venutolo-mantovani, WIRED, 30 Aug. 2022 After World War II, and after serving as a Navy corpsman at Great Lake Navy Base in Chicago, Wertheimer started working as an inventor. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Aug. 2022 Among them were 11 Marines, plus one Navy hospital corpsman and another service member, according to the Pentagon. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 2021 Eight Marines and a Navy corpsman died when their AAV sank in the Pacific Ocean during a ship-to-shore training maneuver off the coast of San Clemente Island. Paul Best, Fox News, 30 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 29 Nov. 2022.

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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