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(lā) [Fr. lai, L. laicus, fr Gr. laïkos, pert. to the people]
Not professionally trained in or qualified to practice any of the professions for which a higher education is required (e.g., law, medicine, clergy).


adj nonprofessional.

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Q. what is leukemia in lay person language, what causes it, what are the symptomes, and is it cancer

A. Leukemia is cancer of white blood cells. there are about 6-7 types of Leukemia i think...i'll have to check that one out. it basically means a white blood cell got mutated and started to multiply like crazy. causes severe problems. the types defer in which part of maturation it got cancerous. i hope i helped- if you still need more information, just ask! i'm here.

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Dioxippus' modification of the takedown consisted of his using only one arm--aided by the club--to gain purchase on both his opponent's legs, the other arm left free to lay hold of the opponent's sword arm.
sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people" (with similar passages in Matthew 21 and Luke 19).
Richard Noakes' 'Instruments to Lay Hold of Spirits' takes an equally novel topic--attempts to develop a method of scientifically verifying the claims of spiritualists by measuring ghostly manifestations.
As the American philosopher John Dewey put it, "We cannot lay hold of the new, we cannot even keep it on our minds, much less understand it, save by the use of ideas and knowledge we already possess.
Breckin Meyer supplies hearty comic relief as Kate's unemployed actor brother who assumes Leo's in the same line of work, Ryan steps back into her trademark genre like she's never been gone and, able to deliver lines like 'are you suggesting, madam, there exists a law compelling gentlemen to lay hold of canine bowel movements?
His good intentions were never in doubt, but there is a failure to reflect these in action on the ground to lay hold of these people who are well-know to them and everybody, according to Jack Straw, Britain's Foreign Secretary.
The section concludes with the theology and spirituality of the liturgical year (Auge), wherein the mystery of Christ as a saving event is made present in time, so that the faithful may lay hold of it through the word and the sacraments.
It is impossible to step twice in the same river" are the words of Heracleitus [sic], nor is it possible to lay hold twice of any mortal substance in a permanent state; by the suddenness and swiftness of the change in it there "comes dispersion and, at another time, a gathering together"; or, rather, nor at another time nor later, but at the same instant it both settles into its place and forsakes its place; "it is coming and going.
The specialty coffee been defined to a great degree by ability to lay hold of the passion and promise of origin: Not only is coffee not a commodity, but the potential variety is virtually endless when quality attends, as are the number of appreciative consumers.