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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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And for those ``Terminator'' and ``Aliens'' mavens who despair at the notion of Cameron laying aside his camera for a career in a research laboratory, don't get too worried.
The newspapers had a field day with the story - there was a cartoon of two people sitting in the dark, with the caption: 'Oh damn, there has been a deferred success in the power' and sensible people dismissed the idea as just another batty notion put forward by people who refuse to face up to the real problems facing education Laying aside all this mirth for a while, however, it seems to me that what it shows, worryingly, is the mentality of those in education.
A study a few years ago, widely respected by various factions in the global-warming debate, concluded that reducing emissions to meet Kyoto Protocol levels would cost $220 billion to garner but $95 billion in supposed benefits, Even laying aside the unproven nature of global warming, that tactic makes little sense.
Generosity"--not quite the genuine article, that gives up freely, but a temporary, cheap laying aside of our ordinary selfishness.
Below her is a reference to chapter 2 of the first Epistle of Peter: Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies and all slander / As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.