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casevac

Line breaks: cas|evac
Pronunciation: /ˈkazɪvak
 
, ˈkaʒɪ-/
military slang

Definition of casevac in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Evacuation of casualties by air.
Example sentences
  • Helicopters performed essential duties in medical evacuation, they were usually known as dustoffs, performing dustoff duty, or casevac (casualty evacuation).
  • He said casualties arrived mainly by casevac helicopters, usually after initial treatment at a field hospital.
  • Development and conduct of several training exercises based on communications, search and rescue, force evacuation, mine incident and casevac scenarios.

verb (casevacs, casevacing, casevaced)

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Evacuate (a casualty) by air.
Example sentences
  • Delta Four was not out of trouble yet, coming under fire while casevacing wounded at the bunker system.
  • Rapidly casevaced by the Royal Air Force, he was given swift treatment that ultimately saved his life.
  • However, on the 3rd of February 1991 he was casevaced back to the UK and hospitalised.

Origin

1950s: blend of casualty and evacuation.

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