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 The return on Sunday came as the U.S. continued retaliatory strikes after an ISIS-K suicide bomber on Thursday killed 11 Marines, a Navy corpsman and an Army soldier along with at least 169 Afghans. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2021 Officials confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that ten Marines and two Army soldiers, as well as one Navy corpsman, were killed in explosions near Kabul's airport Thursday. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 28 Aug. 2021 Sanchez was one of 11 U.S. Marines killed, along with one Navy hospital corpsman and one Army soldier. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Aug. 2021 Nevertheless, Jacobs want back on active duty in May 2008 and was assigned as a corpsman to a naval infantry unit. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Aug. 2021 Navy records show that Isaak enlisted in the service in 1992 and left in 1997 as a hospital corpsman 3rd Class, with a Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Dave Kolpack, ajc, 1 Aug. 2021 Lima Company lost 22 Marines and a Navy corpsman in Iraq before returning to the United States in November of that year. Andrew Favakeh, The Arizona Republic, 3 July 2021 Gary was retiring from the post office after his first retirement as a Navy corpsman and the couple was looking forward to winding down to their retirement years. Susan Young,, 17 June 2021 Alexander came to Oceanside in 1957 as a Navy corpsman stationed at Camp Pendleton. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021

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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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9 Sep 2021

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“Corpsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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 corpsman (audio) \

Medical Definition of corpsman

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


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