passive euthanasia

passive euthanasia

Philosophy dictionary. . 2011.

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  • passive euthanasia — the ending of life by the deliberate withholding of drugs or other life sustaining treatment …   Medical dictionary

  • passive euthanasia — n. (Medicine) withdrawing or preventing unusual means used to prolong life …   English contemporary dictionary

  • passive euthanasia — /pæsɪv juθəˈneɪʒə/ (say pasiv yoohthuh nayzhuh) noun the deliberate bringing about of the death of a person suffering from an incurable disease or condition, by withdrawing life sustaining measures, especially where it is deemed that such… …   Australian English dictionary

  • euthanasia — eu·tha·na·sia /ˌyü thə nā zhə/ n: the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured persons in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy – called also mercy killing; eu·tha·na·sic / nā zik, sik/ adj Merriam …   Law dictionary

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  • Euthanasia and the law — Efforts to change government policies on euthanasia in the 20th century have met limited success in Western countries. Country policies are described below in alphabetical order, followed by the exceptional case of the Netherlands. Euthanasia… …   Wikipedia

  • Euthanasia — The word euthanasia comes straight out of the Greek eu , goodly or well + thanatos , death = the good death and for 18th century writers in England that was what euthanasia meant, a good death, a welcome way to depart quietly and well from life.… …   Medical dictionary

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