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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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Focusing on the religious background of Brahms and unraveling his patriotic belief system, Beller-McKenna offers us not only a refreshing reconflguration of Johannes Brahms by laying open his private political and social views, but also a work that echoes the recent trend of religious preoccupation so characteristic of our time.
In fact, during my visits to the fleet, it is rare for me to enter a space and not see a copy laying open on a workbench or table, or meet a Sailor who hasn't seen the latest edition.
With Prince Charles again taking positive steps and so laying open his own reputation.