Definition of paramedic
1 : a person who works in a health field in an auxiliary capacity to a physician (as by giving injections and taking X-rays)
2 : a specially trained medical technician licensed to provide a wide range of emergency services (as defibrillation and the intravenous administration of drugs) before or during transportation to a hospital — compare emt
Examples of paramedic in a sentence
She's training to be a paramedic.
The history of paramedic
In ground warfare, wounded troops must usually be transported from the front lines back to field hospitals, and trained paramedical personnel—that is, nondoctors, usually known as medics or corpsmen—were first widely used in such situations. It took many decades for the wartime model to be applied effectively to ordinary peacetime medicine. With advances in medical technology (such as defibrillators, for restarting a heart after a heart attack), paramedics became an essential part of emergency medicine, and today hundreds of thousands of people owe their lives to paramedics. Paraprofessionals who work only in hospitals and clinics usually go by other titles.
First Known Use of paramedic
PARAMEDIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paramedic for English Language Learners
: a person whose job is to provide emergency medical care to sick or injured people who are being taken to a hospital
PARAMEDIC Defined for Kids
Definition of paramedic for Students
: a person specially trained to care for a patient before or during the trip to a hospital
Medical Definition of paramedic
1: a person who works in a health field in an auxiliary capacity to a physician (as by giving injections and taking X-rays)
2: a specially trained medical technician certified to provide a wide range of emergency medical services (as defibrillation and the intravenous administration of drugs) before or during transport to the hospital—compare emt
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