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Meaning of euthanasia

eu•tha•na•sia

Pronunciation: (y"thu-nā'zhu, -zhē-u, -zē-u), [key]
— n.
  1. 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, esp. a painful, disease or condition.
  2. painless death.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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