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(Medicine) another term for euthanasia
eu•tha•na•sia(ˌyu θəˈneɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə)
Also called mercy killing. the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding medical measures from a person or animal suffering from an incurable, esp. a painful, disease or condition.
[1640–50; < New Latin < Greek euthanasía easy death]