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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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Rangers already have, McLeish laying down strict guidelines.
Add to this the fact that 85 per cent of New World wines are made to be drunk within two years and it might seem that laying down wine is a practice committed to the past.
When blood contains too much LDL or cholesterol for the liver to filter out, these arterial macrophages interact with LDLs and "unload their cholesterol," initiating a process that culminates in the laying down of atherosclerotic plaque, according to Elliott Berlin at the Agriculture Department's Lipid nutrition Laboratory in Beltsville, MD.
ISLAMABAD -- The residents of Chashma Town, New Sohan have appealed to the Chief Commissioner Islamabad Zulfiqar Haider to spur up the contractors working on laying down sewerage line in the area, as slow pace of work has hampered daily routine of the inhabitants of the locality.
He said that Jawans of security forces have foiled the evil designs of terrorists by laying down their lives and safeguarded national assets through their courage and bravery.
There are a number of obstacles preventing the PKK from laying down its arms.
ISLAMABAD, March 20, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Rs 200 million project of laying down of water supply lines in various sectors of the federal capital has started.
The school buildings having eight rooms will be constructed by the financial support of United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), said provincial education director while laying down foundation stones of the school buildings.