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lay

(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).

lay,

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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Where The Lay of the Land excels is when Ford draws us out of Frank's head and into the world.
As soon as I see the hidden, brushy fence-line, I realize that the vegetative and topographic lay of the land has come together to form a potential hotspot for ambushing rutting bucks that are using the fence-line as a shortcut between the two areas of cover on both sides of the pasture.
Army Corps of Engineers literally does plot the lay of the land.
To others, the lay of the land is refreshing, fascinating, and worthy of endless contemplation.
It involves several design strategies: conserving the lay of the land, minimizing the added infrastructure and impervious materials, reducing the frequency of water runoff, detaining stormwater on the lots, and preventing pollution.
Even his relatively permanent works--such as the drystone wall at Storm King, the sculpture park in the Hudson River valley north of New York City--respect the lay of the land as Earthworks in America did not.
The phrases told you the lay of the land about a person's sexuality.
Besides familiarizing themselves with the lay of the land, the Russians will confer with Japanese officials to obtain details about local conditions, security and activities that will help in planning for the April 11-13 summit.
In addition to the animals' amenability, the lay of the land lends itself to research into animal behavior.
We are focusing our growth in areas where we have experience and know the lay of the land," added Covey.
A newspaper clipping from a 1938 interview with James reads: "Many were the nights when he and Capt Francis Buckley used to crawl beyond the lines and sketch the lay of the land.