med·​e·​vac | \ ˈme-də-ˌvak How to pronounce medevac (audio) , -dē- \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of medevac

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : emergency evacuation of the sick or wounded (as from a combat area)
2 : a helicopter used for medevac


variants: or less commonly medivac
medevaced also medivaced or medevacked or medivacked; medevacing also medivacing or medevacking or medivacking

Definition of medevac (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to transport in a medevac helicopter

Examples of medevac in a Sentence

Noun The wounded soldiers were evacuated by medevac to the hospital.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The medevac took place about 100 miles (160.93 kilometers) southeast of Cape Hatteras. Fox News, "Coast Guard rescues man from cruise ship off North Carolina," 15 June 2019 Wade Lawrence, the director of what is now the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at the festival site, recently confirmed the helicopter story with the medevac pilot, who said the mother gave birth at the hospital. 4. Washington Post, "Where was Woodstock held? 5 myths about the famous festival," 12 Aug. 2019 If not, consider buying insurance that includes medevac services, which are recommended when traveling to more rural destinations. Talya Minsberg, New York Times, "How to Pack a First Aid Kit for Extended International Travel," 23 May 2019 The regional airline also became an early medevac service, rushing gravely ill passengers from the Valley to San Antonio hospitals via air. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Experts weigh in on reader's midcentury San Antonio airport photo," 7 July 2018 Founded in 1991, HdF provides helicopter services from passenger transport and tours to cargo and medevac operations. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "The helicopter team that films the Tour de France is one of a kind," 11 July 2019 During his service, Richardson was a medevac helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Deaundra Allen, kansascity, "NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. to honor Vietnam War hero from Kansas | The Kansas City Star," 21 May 2018 The first incident involved a medevac plane trying to evacuate a fisherman whose leg had been severed in a boating accident. Della Trumble, WSJ, "The Government Shouldn’t Value Bears Over People," 13 Apr. 2018 It could potentially also be used for missions such as medevac. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "New futuristic Israeli 'dune-buggy' is bristling with weapons, ready for combat," 22 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Another critically injured passenger was medevaced to Anchorage. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "One passenger dead in Unalaska crash of PenAir plane flying from Anchorage that injured 10 others," 18 Oct. 2019 Declaring an emergency, the flight crew coaxed to plane to an emergency landing at Exmouth, Australia, where 39 people were taken to hospital and 14 were medevaced to Perth with broken bones, lacerations, and spinal injuries. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "4 Times Before the Boeing 737 Max 8 That Plane Automation Software Went Haywire," 18 Mar. 2019 An 89-year-old suffering symptoms of a stroke was medevaced off a Carnival cruise ship Monday evening, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Coast Guard medevacs 89-year-old off Carnival cruise ship as it heads for Jamaica," 10 July 2018 Unable to medevac Rion - the helicopter had been grounded by wind - a specialized team from CHOP arrived in an ambulance. Sandra G. Boodman,, "Doctors thought they knew the cause of a teen's seizures. So why didn't he get better?," 19 Dec. 2017 Unable to medevac Rion — the helicopter had been grounded by wind — a specialized team from CHOP arrived in an ambulance. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "Doctors thought they knew the cause of a teen’s terrible seizures. So why didn’t he get better?," 16 Dec. 2017 Two days ago she was stranded here by what appeared to be an impossibly large cost to medevac home to Maryland. Alaska Dispatch News, "Readers write: Letters to the editor, July 28, 2017," 28 July 2017 Units of the Ukrainian armed forces lack enough basic items, such as night-vision technology, and also modern helicopters such as Blackhawks to medevac the wounded. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "Ukraine’s Army Needs Equipment from the U.S., Not All of It Weapons," 18 Aug. 2017 The Coast Guard also medevaced a 44-year-old man Sunday from a tank ship 120 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, authorities said. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Coast Guard evacuates two men in need of medical aid," 18 June 2017

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First Known Use of medevac


1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for medevac


medical evacuation

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24 Nov 2019

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“Medevac.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of medevac

: emergency removal of sick or injured people from an area especially by helicopter
: a helicopter used to remove sick or injured people from an area


variants: also medivac \ ˈmed-​ə-​ˌvak How to pronounce medivac (audio) \

Medical Definition of medevac

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : emergency evacuation of the sick or wounded (as from a combat area)
2 : a helicopter used for medevac
medevacked; medevacking

Medical Definition of medevac (Entry 2 of 2)

: to transport in a medevac helicopter

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