paramedic

noun
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

Baldridge listed three sources of income last year – serving as an Adams County commissioner, an Anderson Township firefighter/paramedic, and his agriculture business, Baldridge Bio-Research. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Ohio’s execution method is constitutional, appeals court rules: Capitol Letter," 12 Sep. 2019 Lone Star follows Lowe’s New York firefighter who moves to Austin with his son and spars with the chief paramedic, played by Tyler. Tim Stack, EW.com, "Liv Tyler to join Rob Lowe in spin-off 9-1-1: Lone Star," 11 Sep. 2019 One female protester was seen being treated by paramedics, after she was hit in the face by a beanbag round. James Griffiths, CNN, "Thousands of protesters shut down Hong Kong airport as Beijing condemns 'terrorism'," 12 Aug. 2019 The doctor swam across the canal to reach the girl and start lifesaving efforts, joined by the paramedic, who arrived by boat. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "San Jose toddler drowns in Florida Keys pool," 10 Aug. 2019 The hospital was completely full of fire trucks, paramedics, helicopters on the ground and in the air. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "‘It was the scare of my life’ — when the ground began shaking in Ridgecrest," 4 July 2019 After being checked by paramedics, the dehydrated audience member was driven home by friends, reported the Register. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Tom Hanks ad libs on stage for ‘scurvy rogues’ during medical emergency at play," 17 June 2018 It’s unclear if anyone was injured, but paramedics were sent to the area. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Officer-involved shooting in Logan Heights," 16 Sep. 2019 Isaac said Schildmeyer immediately called for paramedics. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Chief: Man shot by police ignored orders to show his hands, pointed gun at officer," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of paramedic

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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paramedic

noun

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

paramedic

noun
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

paramedic

noun
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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