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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


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