The painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma.
More 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.
early 17th century (in the sense 'easy death'): from Greek, from eu 'well' + thanatos 'death'.