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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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LEEDS boss Terry Venables has been forced to lay down the law regarding discipline to the entire squad in the wake of Alan Smith's latest dismissal.
WELSH Health Minister Jane Hutt was urged today to lay down the law to Russell Goodway in the wake of a damning report on the city's social services department.
the procedure to cancel the official status that the Holy See enjoys at the UN." In an explanatory letter, Maurizio Turco, a member of the Radical Party and the author of the resolutions, notes that such unprecedented actions are necessary because of the Catholic Church's desire "to lay down the law" and to interfere with "national legislations on sexual and reproductive health."
Although she's not afraid to "lay down the law" when circumstances call for it, Raab, 44, would much rather take a pragmatic approach.
HUGH DALLAS will jet out to Geneva today to lay down the law for Euro 2000.
During these meetings, the public officials essentially lay down the law, reminding students and their parents that in Florida, children have to stay in school until age 16.
Speaking to RadarOnline, a source said: "Rosie and Jason have had many ups and downs but the supermodel has begun to lay down the law that if Jason doesn't start getting serious about getting married, she will leave him.