1 informal , chiefly British A medical practitioner or student.
- Equally, though no-one would begrudge mature students retraining as medics, it is fanciful to suppose that they alone can make up the shortfall.
- After decades of isolation, Iraq's 32 000 doctors and medics need to update their knowledge.
- They are arresting medics and ambulance drivers, including foreign volunteer medical workers.
2US A paramedic in the armed forces.
- Smathers, who grew up with six sisters, said he was inspired to serve in the military by his father, who was an Army medic in World War II.
- In 1956, he was drafted by the Army Medical Corp. to serve overseas as a medic at a clinic in Germany.
- Burnham is a medic in the Army's 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash.
mid 17th century: from Latin medicus 'physician', from mederi 'heal'.