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 He was immediately hooked up to two oxygen concentrators and a medevac was activated, but the plane never came. Author: Greg Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "Pilot Station man dies of COVID-19 after bad weather prevents medical evacuation," 2 Dec. 2020 Stormy conditions prevented a medevac from reaching him, his family said. Author: Greg Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "Pilot Station man dies of COVID-19 after bad weather prevents medical evacuation," 2 Dec. 2020 Brandon, who had little situational awareness of the village he was trapped in, couldn’t call a medevac for fear the helicopter would be shot down. Elliott Ackerman, Wired, "A Navy SEAL, a Quadcopter, and a Quest to Save Lives in Combat," 30 Oct. 2020 Using low-flying medevac helicopters’ rotor wash as a terrifying crowd-dispersal weapon; operating heavy military vehicles in Washington streets without proper licensing; bombarding nonviolent protesters with gas and rubber bullets. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "America’s Top General Isn’t That Sorry," 11 June 2020 One of the victims was lifted in a medevac to the hospital. Lily Jackson |, al, "3 dead in north Alabama shooting," 24 May 2020 Crew members felt a large bump just before a medevac flight took off from the Unalaska airport runway and descended into the frigid waters of Unalaska Bay in January, according to a National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Warning horn sounded before medevac plane sank into Unalaska waters after takeoff, report says," 21 Feb. 2020 Alaska Bethel: An Alaska Native community airport has been unable to receive night flights or medevac flights because of disabled runway lights, officials say. USA TODAY, "Eel-powered tree, skateboard safety, red light on herring: News from around our 50 states," 5 Dec. 2019 When a man was found bleeding from a gunshot wound on the steps of his brother’s home Oct. 20 in the Bering Sea village of Scammon Bay, for example, bad weather stopped troopers and a medevac flight from landing until the next day. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "Looking for Alaska’s Rural Police Force? Check the Suburbs.," 5 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Marine One landed at the White House to medevac Trump to Walter Reed. Matt Egan, CNN, "Trump's Covid-19 diagnosis is another market-moving wild card," 5 Oct. 2020 Jaka Bizilj, a German movie producer, said his foundation was behind the plane that was supposed to medevac Navalny to the German hospital for treatment. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Russian doctors claim leading Putin critic was not poisoned, block his flight to Germany for treatment," 21 Aug. 2020 The Coast Guard team was able to successfully located and medevac the hikers to safety. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Hiker rescued 6,200 feet up mountain after 6 foot boulder rolled onto him," 10 Aug. 2020 One American sailor has been medevaced off the ship. Fox News, "Warship in USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group has coronavirus outbreak," 25 Apr. 2020 The Pentagon confirmed the report Thursday evening and said nearly a dozen troops were medevaced to Germany this week for treatment, according to Defense One. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon reveals 11 US troops were wounded in Iranian ballistic missile attack on Iraq bases," 16 Jan. 2020 Recovery Brown was medevaced to the 31st CSH (combat support hospital) in Baghdad, which had the equipment necessary to determine the severity of his injuries. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This veteran was brought back to life after an explosion. Now he uses his life to help student veterans — and cook.," 19 Dec. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of medevac was in 1966

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10 Jan 2021

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“Medevac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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 medevac (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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