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 adult was flown by medevac to Shock Trauma and is in critical condition. Mckenna Oxenden, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 The victim, a 55-year-old woman, suffered a near amputation from the plane’s propeller and required a medevac to a nearby hospital, the Guardian reported. The Editors, Outside Online, 13 Mar. 2015 Instead, commercial flights, helicopter medevac operations and flights to carry organs for transplant operations will be affected by 5G towers that do not yet meet FAA concerns. WSJ, 30 Jan. 2022 Vicosa, Bynum and one of the girls were pronounced dead on the scene; the other young girl was taken by medevac to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, where she was pronounced dead. Ashley Boucher,, 19 Nov. 2021 If the local clinic isn’t suitable to treat emergencies of this nature, your travel insurance plan can cover the cost of a medevac to get you to a medical facility that can properly treat you. Erica Lamberg, Robb Report, 24 Oct. 2021 Little said that a clinical assessment was carried out before the medevac was approved, and that that included a check to see whether the required treatment was available locally. Rachel Desantis,, 5 Aug. 2021 Little said in the financial year ending this past June, 99 patients had been accepted into New Zealand via medevac for treatment, a majority of them from Pacific Islands such as Fiji. Rachel Desantis,, 5 Aug. 2021 Hamm is a veteran who first flew medevac in the Army, was released from UAB earlier this month. NBC News, 26 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Marine One landed at the White House to medevac Trump to Walter Reed. Matt Egan, CNN, 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, 21 Aug. 2020 The Coast Guard team was able to successfully located and medevac the hikers to safety. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 10 Aug. 2020 One American sailor has been medevaced off the ship. Fox News, 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, 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, 19 Dec. 2019 Another critically injured passenger was medevaced to Anchorage. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 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, 18 Mar. 2019 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Medevac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for medevac


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


transitive verb
medevacked; medevacking

Medical Definition of medevac (Entry 2 of 2)

: to transport in a medevac helicopter


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