physician-assisted suicide

noun

Definition of physician-assisted suicide

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

First Known Use of physician-assisted suicide

1987, in the meaning defined above

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“Physician-assisted suicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physician-assisted%20suicide. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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physician-assisted suicide

noun

Medical Definition of physician-assisted suicide

: 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

physician-assisted suicide

noun

Legal Definition of physician-assisted suicide

: 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

Note: 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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