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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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Buro Happold's research and expertise in cardboard technology led them to become involved with a more recent project which lays claim to be Europe's first permanent cardboard building.
Held, formerly president of Proxima, lays claim to 16 years of experience in the computer peripherals industry, 12 of which were spent in marketing roles at Hewlett-Packard.
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IRS representatives noted that California lays claim to 20 percent of the national inventory of OICs adding that, until recently, 70 percent were completed by practitioners.