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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).
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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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"The terrorist organization PKK will either lay down arms and plead for mercy or it will leave Iraq," he said in a TV program.
The MNJ statement said the rebels would not lay down their weapons until their complaints had been addressed by the government.
It is hard for me to imagine what it must have been like for them to lay down their lives daily for their friends in a bloody war that ground up human flesh for four long years.
How can you say that they lay down? I know Jimmy was angry at losing the way he did.
DUNFERMLINE last night threatened to sue Celtic's former England striker Chris Sutton after he claimed live on television they "lay down" to hand Rangers the Scottish Premier League title yesterday.
I have heard evidence that he just lay down in the road and rolled under the taxi, but he could easily have been trying to roll out of the way.
When Zena Rommett, creator of the original Floor-Barre, first lay down to experiment with barre work, dancers thought she was avant-garde.
The choices the profession faces are clear: (1) Lay down on the tracks and wait to be run over.
Now, three researchers have developed a way to implant metal ions (charged atoms) or to lay down a thin metallic film with less fuss.
BAHAWALPUR -- The Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited announced that it would lay down 300 kilometers long gas pipeline in Bahawalpur region and added that 20,000 new gas connections to be given to the customers.
According to sources, the PM said that we are still open to the dialogue process with those who would lay down their arms