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


The wounded soldiers were evacuated by medevac to the hospital.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Last year, a comatose Otto Warmbier, released by North Korea after more than 17 months in captivity, arrived in Cincinnati aboard a medevac flight; the 22-year-old college student, who had suffered severe brain damage, died six days later., "This day in history," 13 June 2018 Rosario, too, died waiting for a medevac helicopter. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Untold Story of Robert Mueller's Time in Combat," 15 May 2018 Their accident rates are comparable, in fact, to those among flights conducted by medevac services and offshore oil rig transportation, both of which often fly in more treacherous conditions than air tours. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Inside the Safety Issues Surrounding the NY Helicopter Crash," 8 Apr. 2018 Hogg said, adding details such as reserving medevac helicopters for the event and other logistics are being handled by those who have had prior experience with major events. Erika Pesantes,, "'We have poured our heart and soul' into March For Our Lives rallies, students say," 13 Mar. 2018 The driver of the truck was taken by medevac to a Pittsburgh hospital in unknown condition, WPXI reported. Ajc Homepage, ajc, "Truck carrying hydrochloric acid involved in train crash," 6 Mar. 2018 Minutes passed like years as the soldiers waited for a medevac helicopter. Martin Kuz, San Antonio Express-News, "Returning to war to find peace of mind," 9 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 A passenger aboard the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship had to be medevaced for heart attack symptoms on Thursday morning. Prescotte Stokes Iii,, "A Carnival Fantasy passenger suffers heart attack symptoms; Medevaced to New Orleans," 8 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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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


transitive verb
medevacked; medevacking

Medical Definition of medevac (Entry 2 of 2)

: to transport in a medevac helicopter

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