Definition of euthanasia in English:


Line breaks: eu¦than|asia
Pronunciation: /ˌjuːθəˈneɪzɪə


[mass noun]
  • The painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma.
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    • 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.
    mercy killing, assisted suicide, physician-assisted suicide; merciful release, happy release
    rare quietus


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

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