Definition of medevac in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmedəˌvak/
(also medivac) North American


The evacuation of military or other casualties to the hospital in a helicopter or airplane.
Example sentences
  • Other military roles include medevac and search-and-rescue operations.
  • Military commanders had worried the crowd would rush medevac helicopters.
  • A unit of American marines on patrol saw the disabled vehicle and called in a medevac helicopter, which evacuated the officer and his soldiers.

verb (medevacs, medevacking, medevacked)

[with object]
Transport (someone) to the hospital in a helicopter or airplane: the helicopter pilot who medevacked me the day I got shot
More example sentences
  • Fellow soldiers applied tourniquets to stop Covington from bleeding to death and medivacked him to the nearest hospital.
  • Finally, I was medevacked to Kaiser, and my chart was translated from Thai.
  • Their convoy was hit by a suicide car bomber and three friends were medevacked with severe burns.


1960s: blend of medical and evacuation.

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Syllabification: med·e·vac

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