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Etymology: L, emancipare, to set free
a person who is not legally an adult but who, because he or she is married, in the military, or otherwise no longer dependent on the parents, may not require parental permission for medical or surgical care. State and national laws vary in specific interpretations of the rule.
e·man·ci·pa·ted mi·nor(ē-man'si-pā-tĕd mī'nŏr)
A young person who is legally entitled to be treated as an adult through a court order, marriage, military service, or being a parent.
A person not of legal age who is in the armed services, married, the mother of a child whether married or not, or has left home and is self-sufficient. Some state legislatures do not require such a person to have parental consent to receive medical or surgical care, or advice on contraception or abortion.
See also: minor