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eu·tha·na·sia  audio  (yth-nzh, -zh-) KEY 

NOUN:
The act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment.

ETYMOLOGY:
Greek euthanasi, a good death : eu-, eu- + thanatos, death


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