Definition of Euthanasia
(noun) The intentional and typically painless killing of an individual or animal to end suffering.
- American English – eu·tha·na·sia
- British English – eu·than·asia
- American English – /yoo-thuh-nAY-zhuh/
- British English – /yoo-thuh-nAY-ziuh/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˌjuθəˈneɪʒə/
- British English – /juːθəˈneɪzɪə/
- Plural: euthanasias
- Type: physician-assisted suicide
- Also called mercy killing.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “euthanasia.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 23, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/euthanasia/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
euthanasia. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/euthanasia/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “euthanasia.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/euthanasia/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“euthanasia.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 May. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/euthanasia/>.