Euthanasia



[yoo-thuh-ney-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh] /ˌyu θəˈneɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə/

noun
1.
Also called mercy killing. the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially a painful, disease or condition.
2.
painless death.
/ˌjuːθəˈneɪzɪə/
noun
1.
the act of killing someone painlessly, esp to relieve suffering from an incurable illness Also called mercy killing
n.

c.1600, from Greek euthanasia “an easy or happy death,” from eu- “good” (see eu-) + thanatos “death” (see thanatology). Sense of “legally sanctioned mercy killing” is first recorded in English 1869.

euthanasia eu·tha·na·sia (yōō’thə-nā’zhə, -zhē-ə)
n.

euthanasia
(y’thə-nā’zhə)
The act or practice of painlessly ending the life of an animal or a willing individual who has a terminal illness or incurable condition, as by giving a lethal drug.
euthanasia [(yooh-thuh-nay-zhuh)]

Painlessly putting someone to death — usually someone with an incurable and painful disease; mercy killing.

Note: Proposals to make euthanasia legal in the United States have inspired heated debate.

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