mercy killing


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

mercy killing:

see euthanasiaeuthanasia
, either painlessly putting to death or failing to prevent death from natural causes in cases of terminal illness or irreversible coma. The term comes from the Greek expression for "good death.
..... Click the link for more information.
.
References in periodicals archive ?
In his sensitive production of this outstanding drama, director Lorne Pardy handles the balance of the pros and cons of mercy killing with the same delicacy as the playwright.
The prosecutors are expected to probe if the doctor's actions constituted mercy killing, which is permitted only in certain cases.
Canetto concluded, based on her research, that "mercy killing and the further legalization of physician-assisted suicide are dangerous, particularly to older women," according to Thomas.
They're worried that laws legalizing mercy killing could be imposed on people who cannot speak for themselves and may not want to die.
But the Latimer case will head back to the courtroom not because of the controversial and contentious issues of rights for the disabled or the ethical dilemmas of mercy killing, but on the issue of the independence and impartiality of the jury.
It was the year the imponderable was pondered: The venerable thoroughbred racetrack in Hot Springs had fallen in the stretch, and a mercy killing seemed imminent.
12 (ANI): A mother-daughter duo suffering from Muscular Dystrophy embarked on a hunger strike demanding assistance from the Centre for medical treatment or permission to undergo euthanasia or mercy killing.
Judge Charles Gratwicke told him at Chelmsford crown court: "This was not a mercy killing in the sense the expression is mainly used."
IN A path- breaking judgment, the Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for mercy killing in India by legalising passive euthanasia.
A MAN paralysed from the neck down, who can only use his head and eyes to communicate, launched a legal challenge yesterday to clarify the law on so-called mercy killing.
BBC presenter Ray Gosling believed confessing to the mercy killing of a lover would not cause "many ripples", his solicitor said yesterday.
THE family of a mother who gave her brain-damaged son a lethal heroin injection demanded a change in the law on mercy killing as she was jailed for life.