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


PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE Defined for English Language Learners

physician-assisted suicide

noun

Definition of physician-assisted suicide for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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. MisbinThe New England Journal of Medicine31 Oct. 1991

Law Dictionary

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 patientʼs 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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