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euthanasia

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noun eu·tha·na·sia \ˌyü-thə-ˈnā-zh(ē-)ə\

Simple Definition of euthanasia

  • : the act or practice of killing someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of euthanasia

  1. :  the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy

euthanasic

play \-zik, -sik\ adjective

Examples of euthanasia in a sentence

  1. a physician who refuses to practice euthanasia



Origin and Etymology of euthanasia

Greek, easy death, from euthanatos, from eu- + thanatos death — more at thanatos


First Known Use: 1869


Medical Dictionary

euthanasia

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noun eu·tha·na·sia \ˌyü-thə-ˈnā-zh(ē-)ə\

Medical Definition of euthanasia

  1. :  the act or practice of causing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (such as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy—called also mercy killing




Law Dictionary

euthanasia

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noun eu·tha·na·sia \ˌyü-thə-ˈnā-zhə\

Legal Definition of euthanasia

  1. :  the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured persons in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy —called also mercy killing

euthanasic

\-ˈnā-zik, -sik\ play adjective




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