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1. Transport of persons, especially by helicopter, to a place where they can receive medical care; medical evacuation.
2. A helicopter or other aircraft used for such transport.
tr.v. med·e·vaced or med·e·vacked, med·e·vac·ing or med·e·vack·ing, med·e·vacs
To transport (a patient) to a place where medical care is available, especially by helicopter.


1. (Military) military the evacuation of casualties from forward areas to the nearest hospital or base
2. (Automotive Engineering) a helicopter used for transporting wounded or sick people to hospital
vb, -vacs, -vacking or -vacked
(tr) to transport (a wounded or sick person) to hospital by medevac
[C20: from med(ical) evac(uation)]


(ˈmɛd əˌvæk)

of, pertaining to, or being aircraft for evacuating wounded personnel from battle.
[1965–70, Amer.; med(ical)evac(uation)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.medevac - the evacuation of persons (usually by air transportation) to a place where they can receive medical caremedevac - the evacuation of persons (usually by air transportation) to a place where they can receive medical care
evacuation - the act of evacuating; leaving a place in an orderly fashion; especially for protection
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The Coast Guard said a Jayhawk helicopter medevaced a crew member from the 652-foot vessel Snowy approximately 122 miles southwest of Adak in the Aleutian Islands on December 23.
Shell launched an emergency helicopter and medevaced both people and transferred them to the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.
There was one episode in which, to keep from dying of thirst, a contestant drank bacteria-laced water, which gave him a 106-degree fever, but he couldn't be medevaced out because a hurricane-force wind storm had rolled in, causing a massive tree to collapse onto his shelter.
They rapidly called for the quick reaction force and continued on the fight until that service member was shot and then medevaced (medically evacuated) out," he added.
Cromarty, 20, was wounded in the shoulder and medevaced by air ambulance to Winnipeg in stable condition.
John Wolfe, who himself lost a leg in Vietnam, was medevaced and nearly died three times (surviving two open--heart massages and the infusion of 39 pints of blood) before being delivered to a hospital ship where, sometime after, he underwent the following:
We medevaced the man to Dubai where he had surgery and got him home on a stretcher on a commercial flight.
I was medevaced immediately into surgery," White said.
Rudman's patient was urgently medevaced to Staten Island for treatment.
The number of Soldiers medevaced is also lower because of the early assessments--Soldiers who have more severe concussions are found and removed from the fight, while Soldiers with mild injuries are kept close to their units and allowed time to recover, reducing the risk for multiple concussive injuries.
Carrying a casualty takes four marines, which is an entire fire team out of the fight, while you're trying to get a marine to a safe landing zone so that he can be medevaced.