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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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A day later,happening to catch sight of a road map that lay open on the table in the lounge,I remarked that Nottinghamshire, where the in -laws live, is quite close to Northamptonshire, where Irthlingborough is, which,coincidentally, is where Wrexham are playing next Saturday.
In a split second I looked to my right and the door where my correspondent (Lloyd) was lay open and he was not there any more.
Give a worker the chance not merely to manufacture or assemble, but actually to create, and you lay open the road to a life of redemptive beauty.
When it came then to laying out one's method with presuppositions and point of view, a range of possibilities lay open.