para·​med·​ic | \ ˌper-ə-ˈme-dik How to pronounce paramedic (audio) , ˌpa-rə- \
variants: or less commonly paramedical \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈme-​di-​kəl How to pronounce paramedical (audio) , 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 The car accident and its murky circumstances — paramedics found Woods lying in the road, snoring and without shoes or socks — coincided with Woods’ personal crash. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "10 years after Tiger Woods' crash: Untold stories of some connected to Woods' scandal," 26 Nov. 2019 Kathy Landino, 40, was pronounced dead by paramedics around 9 p.m. Thursday just inside the doorway of her home on the 600 block of Chittenden Street, the medical examiner said. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Medical examiner identifies woman beaten, killed in Akron home," 22 Nov. 2019 The teens drove themselves to a nearby strip center, where paramedics loaded them into ambulances and rushed them to nearby Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Teens shot, police searching for gunman in northeast Houston," 22 Nov. 2019 Once the Arizona Humane Society was alerted, one of its pet paramedics picked him up and transferred him to the shelter’s Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Ozzy and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 22 Nov. 2019 Fire Lieutenant Chad Mota and paramedics Jak Letien and James Hannon III then arrived on scene., "Free tuition to late firefighter’s children," 21 Nov. 2019 Deputies and paramedics responded to Forestdale Boulevard and Winters Drive. Carol Robinson |, al, "Alabama man gets 30 years for shooting wife in face, although she said it was accident," 19 Nov. 2019 Dustin Deschenes was found unresponsive early the morning of Aug. 27 in his Wetherell Street apartment and was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics, police said. Zach Murdock,, "2 arrested after fatal overdose in Manchester, including victim’s younger brother," 18 Nov. 2019 Troopers and paramedics were called to the southbound lanes of I-465 near I-74 on Indianapolis' east side around 7:40 p.m. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis crime: Man shot in the face while driving on I-465," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of paramedic

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Paramedic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce paramedic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce paramedic (audio) \
variants: also paramedical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce paramedical (audio) \

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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