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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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Some surface-modifying technologies, such as physical vapor deposition, also lay down wear-resistant films, but in much thicker layers.
The ceremony was held at the Frontier Corps Headquarters in Turbat and among the 200 who lay down arms were 17 commanders.
This may be taken as a matter of advice only since APNS does not normally lay down definitive formulations to its member publications,' it added.
Therefore, it would not be easy for Eucalan to convince the committee to lay down their arms.
They probably thought we were going to come out here and lay down.
Shoppers will be able to lay down their loose change along a measuring tape at the clock tower and near the hospice appeal headquarters in Castle Street over a four-day period.
And because much milder operating conditions are used, it's possible to lay down carbon coatings on a variety of materials that would be damaged at higher temperatures.
If the members of these groups lay down their arms] we will announce amnesty, and it happened over the past two years and more and more lately.
The moment the terrorists lay down their weapons, it could be made possible for the terrorists, as has been discussed on the nation's agenda in the past, to go to other countries.
The passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment is a loud proclamation that in the struggle for democracy and peoples rights she did not lay down her life in vain, he added.
On Remembrance Day, we honour those men and women who lay down their life, not just for friends, but for strangers.