physician-assisted suicide

(noun) When a competent individual voluntarily decides to use a lethal medication administered by a medical doctor (MD) to painlessly end their own life (commit suicide).

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: physician-assisted suicides
  • Abbreviation: PAS
  • Physician-assisted suicide is sometimes called aid in dying, assisted suicide, or death with dignity. While these can relate to physician-assisted suicide they are not limited to assistance by a physician.
  • Physician-assisted suicide is an area of inquiry in thanatology, which is the study of death and dying.
  • Also called:
    • doctor-assisted suicide
    • physician-assisted death

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How to Cite the Definition of Physician-assisted Suicide

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “physician-assisted suicide.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/physician-assisted-suicide/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

physician-assisted suicide. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/physician-assisted-suicide/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “physician-assisted suicide.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/physician-assisted-suicide/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“physician-assisted suicide.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/physician-assisted-suicide/>.