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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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When we lay waste the valley, we lay waste our heart.
A fungal blight imported from Asia, however, would eventually lay waste to some 4 billion chestnut trees and bring the proud tree to near extinction.
Other games have you climb into things on wheels -- Wayne gets to use a variety of ``vital suits,'' which are mobilized battle armor units that can fly, transform and lay waste to anything that stands in their way.
Here the stakes for 15-year-old Anna are much higher: she is hiding an enemy soldier, a Russian; it is near the end of the war and the advancing Russian army will soon lay waste to her town and her way of life.
Muslim writers say, "When the locust swarms darken countries, they bear on their wings these Arabic words: We are God's host, each of us has ninety-nine eggs, and if we had a hundred, we should lay waste the world, with all that is in it.
They spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in their assassination campaign, and all the while new terrorists shoot up airports, hijack planes and ships, and lay waste to civilians.