para·med·ic | \ˌper-ə-ˈme-dik, ˌpa-rə-\
variants: or less commonly paramedical \ˌper-ə-ˈme-di-kəl, ˌpa-rə- \

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 (such as defibrillation and the intravenous administration of drugs) before or during transportation to a hospital — compare emt

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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.

Examples of paramedic in a Sentence

She's training to be a paramedic.

Recent Examples on the Web

And her family is friends with that of Robert O’Donnell, the paramedic who freed her from the well. Jess Bidgood, New York Times, "What Did Baby Jessica Think of the Thai Cave Rescue? She Had No Idea It Happened," 11 July 2018 Privacy - Terms Turns out, the Pasco County paramedics kept a close ear on his requests. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "Firemen saved this man's life, then turned around to do his yard work," 9 July 2018 More than 60 ECPI University students, faculty and staff were trained on the life-saving measures by Orlando Health clinicians and the Seminole County Fire Department paramedics. Naseem S. Miller,, "Nursing students learn how to control bleeding in the field until help arrives," 6 July 2018 The family would like to thank the paramedics from Hunter Ambulance and the Middletown Fire Department, the staff at Middlesex Hospital, and the countless doctors who provided her with great care over these past years., "Valerie Arlow Czaja," 5 July 2018 Assisting shooting victims will not be the mission of the paramedics on the Contact Team. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Fire department trains tactical medics for high risk missions," 8 June 2018 In the 911 recording released Wednesday, the dispatcher can be heard telling the caller paramedics and police were on the way. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Pit bull attack that killed baby ruled accidental; panicky 911 call released by police," 7 June 2018 Eventually, the paramedics arrived and loaded him into an ambulance. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Paralyzed fighting guerrillas in Venezuela, he graduated a star student-athlete at UTA | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 The 36-year-old Aurora Fire Department paramedic driving the ambulance was treated at an Aurora hospital for minor injuries, according to police. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Driver of minivan cited after Aurora crash involving ambulance sends 10 to hospital," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of paramedic

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of paramedic

: a person whose job is to provide emergency medical care to sick or injured people who are being taken to a hospital


para·med·ic | \ˌper-ə-ˈme-dik \

Kids Definition of paramedic

: a person specially trained to care for a patient before or during the trip to a hospital


para·med·ic | \ˌpar-ə-ˈmed-ik \
variants: also paramedical \-i-kəl \

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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