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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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we have shifted, and rightly so, to: "What can be said about a God that lays claim upon us by way of Spuren, the track or trace of transcendence inscribed in the face of the Other?
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The Lucent Flexent RNC lays claim to a strong IP data platform - including early support for Ethernet.
Seaton in Devon lays claim to a beach on its side of the River Axe.
Like a good stone monument, the data structure lays claim to comprehensiveness, sweeping all the other arts up into its compass.
It lays claim to being the best-selling sports book of all time for several reasons: It was the first in a long string to offer a captivating fly-on-the-wall perspective of an entire sporting campaign, and it focused on one of the most controversial figures in sports, then-Indiana University coach Bobby Knight (now successfully coaching at Texas Tech after getting bounced from the Hoosier state for one too many - which, indeed, were very many - irrational outbursts).