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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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Telling Malik, of Clifton Street, he was "a layabout" whose benefit claims were "a fraud on the public purse", the judge told him to get a job, save to pay costs and compensation, and keep out of trouble for the next six months.
Actor Bill Tarmey, who has played the layabout for over 30 years, is planning to make an advert to be shown after the closing credits in his final episode.
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The actor was sacked from his pounds 120,000-a-year role as layabout Les Battersby after a booze and racism scandal last year.
The 53-year-old actor, who plays layabout Les Battersby in the hit ITV1 show, suffered chest pains while performing a scene at the Granada studios yesterday morning.
WHEN an old school chum goes missing, layabout Lance Bradley is persuaded by his family to make a few inquiries.
Even Chatsworth's drunkest layabout Frank Gallagher couldn't ruin the big day, the series finale on October 25.
He goes on to criticise his layabout son, who briefly succeeded him on his death in 1658.
Why should hard-working people hand over what they have worked for, just so some layabout can buy drugs?
But Mimi, Even Chatsworth's drunkest layabout Frank Gallagher couldn't ruin the big day, the series finale on October 25.