(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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- 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
- doctor-assisted suicide
- Word origin of “physician” and “assist” and “suicide” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- disengagement theory
- life expectancy
- social gerontology
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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 July 18, 2019 (http://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 http://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 July 18, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/physician-assisted-suicide/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“physician-assisted suicide.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Jul. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/physician-assisted-suicide/>.