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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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References in classic literature ?
But if your ladyship would give me a day's work to keep me goin', I could put up all this money in a little wooden savings bank I have at home, and keep it to spend when sickness or odd age shall, in a manner of speaking, lay their 'ends upon me.
The two curates were there, with a few lay gentlemen.
For, by this time, so spent was he by loss of blood, that he helplessly rolled away from the wreck he had made; lay panting on his side, impotently flapped with his stumped fin, then over and over slowly revolved like a waning world; turned up the white secrets of his belly; lay like a log, and died.
Zonka Lays An Egg" is a delightful story of a particularly creative chicken who enjoyed the colors of the world, but laid very few eggs.
If my employer lays off an employee, does this mean the employee is redundant from that job?
The Lays have a very large family with whom they need to communicate.
In the first, he lays out his interpretation of the Council and its effect on American Catholics.
It lays down the fiber on a flat surface in a series of tight zigzags that can duplicate even complex shapes with holes and cutouts.
The queen lays all her eggs, whether they'll end up as workers or queens, in cells of the same size, which are half to two-thirds full of liquid food.
Baked Lays Low-Fat Potato Crisps - Sour Cream & Onion, and K.
The intruder lays an egg, which the nest owner then raises.