flight surgeon


: a military medical officer specializing in aerospace medicine

Examples of flight surgeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For his debut spaceflight, six months in space was enough for the former helicopter pilot and flight surgeon. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 13 Sep. 2023 For medical care on flights, at least one astronaut with 40 hours of paramedic-level training is aboard, and in the event of a serious medical emergency, there is a chief flight surgeon in Mission Control who could talk a crew through care from the ground. Kay Lazar, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2023 The history of the post began in 1931 when the Frederick airport was renamed Detrick Field in honor of Frederick Louis Detrick, a Frederick County native who served as an Army flight surgeon during World War I in Belgium. Baltimore Sun, 12 May 2023 Aside from risks related to the spacecraft, some passengers will probably experience more intense medical issues than the mild ear effects familiar from airline flights, said Dr. Jeffrey Jones, a flight surgeon who has worked with astronauts at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 10 June 2021 But one US Air Force flight surgeon was fascinated by the biometric data. Amy Shira Teitel, Discover Magazine, 3 Nov. 2017 The winning entry in the Space Poop contest, submitted by Air Force officer and flight surgeon Thatcher Cardon, incorporated a small airlock system in the groin area of the suit. Amy Klinkhammer, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2017 Kermit Jones, the Democrat, is a former Navy flight surgeon who campaigned on a federal fire insurance plan in a region that has been devastated by wildfires made worse by climate change. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2022 In 2013, flight surgeon Raffi Kuyumjian said that someone who has been to space for an extended period of time would need about three weeks off from driving. Jason Hahn, Peoplemag, 19 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flight surgeon was in 1925

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“Flight surgeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flight%20surgeon. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

flight surgeon

: a medical officer (as in the United States Air Force) qualified by additional training for specialization in the psychological and medical problems associated with flying
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