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euthanasia

Syllabification: eu·tha·na·sia
Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞oTHəˈnāZH(ē)ə
 
, ˌyo͞oTHəˈnāzēə
 
/

Definition of euthanasia in English:

noun

The painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. The practice is illegal in most countries.
Example sentences
  • Once the disease reaches this stage, euthanasia or mercy killing is the only recourse.
  • This separation has not resulted in moral desensitisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia.
  • Forty per cent of the doctors said they had been asked by patients to assist in their suicide or in euthanasia.
Synonyms

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'easy death'): from Greek, from eu 'well' + thanatos 'death'.

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