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physician–assisted suicide

noun

Simple Definition of physician–assisted suicide

  • : suicide that is done with the help of a doctor

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of physician–assisted suicide

  1. :  suicide by a patient facilitated by means (as a drug prescription) or by information (as an indication of a lethal dosage) provided by a physician aware of the patient's intent

1987

First Known Use of physician–assisted suicide

1987


Medical Dictionary

physician–assisted suicide

noun

Medical Definition of physician–assisted suicide

  1. :  suicide by a patient facilitated by means or information (as a drug prescription or indication of the lethal dosage) provided by a physician aware of the patient's intent <Proponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide claim that the principle of respect for autonomy requires that patients be allowed to choose the manner of their death.—Robert I. Misbin, The New England Journal of Medicine, 31 Oct. 1991>




Law Dictionary

physician–assisted suicide

noun

Legal Definition of physician–assisted suicide

  1. :  suicide by a patient facilitated by means (as a drug prescription) or by information (as an indication of a lethal dosage) provided by a physician who is aware of the patient's intent



Additional Notes on physician–assisted suicide

In 2007, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. A few states have followed.


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